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Can I restore my iPad to a back up if it is not the most recent back up?

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May 11, 2012 5:48 PM

I want to restore my iPad to a previous back up. When I plugged my iPad in to restore it, it automatically did a back up. Now the back up I want is not the most recent. Is there any way to get the earlier back up? And if there is away to do this, will I be able to get pictures back that have been deleted since the last back up?

iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iOS 5.1
  • Demo Level 9 Level 9 (73,685 points)

    Yes you can restore from an earlier backup - if you have one. Connect the iPad to your computer and launch iTunes, right click on the iPad name on the left and select restore from backup. A window will pop up with a drop down menu (if you have multiple backups) and you can select the backup  from there that you want to restore from.

     

    You can check how many backups that you have in iTunes>Edit>Preferences>Devices. The backups are listed in there. Actually, you may even want to turn off auto sync by clicking on the box at the bottom- prevent iPods, iPhones .... From syncing automatically. That way, when you connect the iPad to your computer, another backup will not be accidentally created.

  • Demo Level 9 Level 9 (73,685 points)

    The new backup that was created today when you restored the iPad. That backup overrides the old backup. Your older backup is gone if it is not in that window.

     

    You can try the right click on the iPad name on the left side of iTunes - but I think you will get the same results.

  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (11,010 points)

    Demo...

     

    To the best of my knowledge, all backups to your hard drive are maintained indefinitely (as long is there is room on the drive).  However, iCloud maintains only the most recent backup.

  • Demo Level 9 Level 9 (73,685 points)

    I assume that you are talking about the MobileSync folder and that may be but then how do you restore from that backup? How do you point iTunes to that backup?

     

    I see 9 backups in my MobileSync folder in Library under Application Support and I list 9 backups in the Devices window of iTunes.

  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (11,010 points)

    Demo wrote:

     

    Then how do you restore from that backup?

    When you right-click on the iPad/iPod name, play with the selector that again displays the name.  The following is from my iPod:

     

    This backup is on iCloud.  Note that the name of the iPod does not have a date with it.

    Screen Shot 2012-05-11 at 9.49.28 PM.png

     

    This backup is on my hard drive.  Look at the iPod name.

    Screen Shot 2012-05-11 at 9.49.47 PM.png

  • Demo Level 9 Level 9 (73,685 points)

    Philly - I know that. I explained that to the OP in my first post. 

     

    Copied from my first post ....

     

    Yes you can restore from an earlier backup - if you have one. Connect the iPad to your computer and launch iTunes, right click on the iPad name on the left and select restore from backup. A window will pop up with a drop down menu (if you have multiple backups) and you can select the backup  from there that you want to restore from.

     

    When you restore from a backup, a date stamped backup is created and that will be in your mobile sync folder and you can see those same backups here.

     

    Every one of these backups can be accessed the way that you are describing and they are all in the mobile sync backup folder. These additional backups are only because I had restored from backups in the past - plus the one that I created today - for my iPad, my Touch backup from the other day and my wife's last iPod Touch backup from 10/18 (she now uses my old Macbook with her own iTunes)

     

    Screen Shot 2012-05-11 at 9.53.30 PM.png

  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (11,010 points)

    I was responding to this:

    Demo wrote:

     

    ...how do you restore from that backup? How do you point iTunes to that backup?

  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (11,010 points)

    I have been doing some experimentation and it appears that I was incorrect.  However, what I'm seeing now appears to be somewhat illogical so I'm unwilling to draw any conclusions.  My suggestion is that you stick with Demo to resolve your issue.

  • Demo Level 9 Level 9 (73,685 points)

    Kaitysue ... You have two backups from which you can restore. You see them both in that window. Your other backup is gone.

     

    When you connect the iPad to iTunes and right click on the device name, you are going to get the same result. I'm sorry, but the other backup that you're counting on using is gone.

  • rbrylawski Level 6 Level 6 (10,785 points)

    Philly, there was a time I believe that backups remained, but I too was wrong.  Apple told me once that before iCloud only the last 3 backups are kept, but I think even that's no longer true.  And if one uses the cloud to backup, only the most recent backup can be recalled.

  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (11,010 points)

    Apparently you're correct.  I deleted all of my backups and started all over again.  I backed up three consecutive times to my computer and then backed up three consecutive times to iCloud for both my iPad and my iPod.

     

    This is the display on iTunes Preferences:

    Screen Shot 2012-05-11 at 10.48.13 PM.png

    The times reflect the most recent iCloud backup.  No other backups are displayed.  The times are accurate and are confirmed by the displays for right-click:

    Screen Shot 2012-05-11 at 10.48.52 PM.png

    Screen Shot 2012-05-11 at 10.49.14 PM.png

     

    However, look at the information in the Backup area of the Summary tab:

    Screen Shot 2012-05-11 at 10.49.31 PM.png

    Screen Shot 2012-05-11 at 10.49.39 PM.png

    If I check the "Back up to this computer" radio button, I get similar incorrect date stamps.

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