What To Do When You Are Switching From An Old iPad To a New One.
I bought a new iPad yesterday – the 2019 iPad Air. This doesn’t happen often. I try to hold my devices until they are literally on their last legs, wheezing with breath. My old device, a 2013 iPad model, struggled to run iOS 10, so I decided to take the hassle out of it once and for all.
It wasn’t until I started thinking about setting up the new iPad that I realized there are many things to keep in mind to ensure a smooth transition between devices. Here’s what I needed to do – in that order. I did this on an iPad, but it also applies if you’re switching to a new iPhone.
On the old device
You can’t just turn off your old device, start up a new one, and you’re done. You need to do some chores.
Back up your device to iCloud
I previously discussed how to back up your device to iCloud using iTunes. I would definitely recommend that you do this before wiping your old iPad. But you should also back up to iCloud using the iPad backup feature.
This is easy to do. Go to Settings on iPad, click your name at the top, and then click iCloud.
Then on the next screen, tap on “iCloud Backup”.
Make sure your iPad is plugged into a power outlet, then click Back Up.
To be absolutely sure, you can also enable camera uploads to Dropbox, Google Drive, or another cloud service. Then, upload your iOS photo albums to the cloud.
Disable Find iPad
Once your backup is complete, it’s time to turn off Find iPad.
This is absolutely essential. If you don’t turn off Find iPad, you won’t be able to transfer ownership of your iPad to someone else. Even if your iPad is headed into the closet to never use it again, it flashes on the Find My iPad card. Better to turn it off completely.
In settings, tap your name and then tap Find iPad.
On the next screen, uncheck the boxes for Find iPad and Send Last Location. You will be prompted for your Apple ID username and password to confirm that you want to disable this feature.
Disable browser sync
Then you need to disable your browser if you are using the sync feature.
Both Chrome and Firefox use sync, so you can easily transfer your settings across devices. But unless you disconnect your browser from a device that is about to be retired, you will never get rid of it on other computers. He will sit like a “zombie”.
On the iPad version of Firefox, go to Settings, scroll down and select Disable Sync.
Chrome also has a similar button.
Reset device to factory settings
The last thing you need to do now is to completely erase all of the iPad contents and reset everything to factory settings. This is completely irreversible, so make sure you back up first.
Just go to “General” and then “Reset” in settings.
Then select “Erase All Content and Settings”.
He will warn you that what you are about to do cannot be undone. Go on and on with the process. The iPad will now reboot and restart, which will take about 5-10 minutes. When you see the white welcome screen, you know the iPad is ready for resale or disposal.
on the new device
Apple more or less holds your hand as you set up your new device so you don’t get it wrong. But one cool feature that really saved me a lot of time was that I was able to transfer all my settings from my iPhone 7 to the new iPad.
Apple has a great tutorial on their website that will save you tons of time when setting up your new iDevice. It will even pass your Wi-Fi password by automatically logging in.
Now all you need to do is select a recent iCloud backup and let your apps install themselves. Transferring to a new device has never been easier.