Run a Successful iPad Data Recovery

iPad, and other iOS devices, is becoming the invaluable everyday partner in our personal and professional digital lives. Many of us even switched a laptop bag for an iPad case and enjoy it even more.
Even the most up-to-date gadgets are prone to plain old data losses, and it's a great win to have Disk Drill around, the great app for iPad file recovery that runs on Mac OS X. Turns out it's now possible to recover deleted photos and notes from iPad, just as you would normally recover a Mac hard drive.

Many iPad users may experience accidental data loss for versatile reasons. Is data recovery on iPad still possible, or are your photos, notes, videos, messages or reminders gone for good? Of course, not! Introducing Disk Drill, the iPad data recovery software you can always count on. Did you know it works with many types of devices, not just for iOS data recovery?

#1 Install Disk Drill

iPad data recovery module works starting with Mac OS 10.8.5 and is fully macOS Catalina compatible. Usually you can see your recoverable iPad data within minutes after installing Disk Drill. Moreover, you can preview and verify your lost data before upgrading to Disk Drill PRO absolutely free, just get Disk Drill, run the scan, here you go, the photos, notes and other found items to recover from iPad are listed for you. Once verified, you can choose to upgrade to a paid edition of Disk Drill to complete the recovery.
  • $vars.title
    1Download Disk Drill Basic
  • $vars.title
    2Install it
  • $vars.title
    3Launch the app

#2 Connect your iPad

Once Disk Drill is already running and you got yourself well-acquainted with the user guide and our simple tutorial, head on to the disk and device list, and find your iPad under iOS group. It can either be connected via USB, or Wi-Fi, the latter option is slower and may require more time to complete a lost data scan. Now click "Recover". Alternatively you may choose one your past iOS backups to recover your data directly from it instead of running a scan on your device directly.

#3 Review scanning results

Depending on the storage size your iPad has, you may need to wait a few seconds or minutes until the scan is complete. All recoverable items are listed and categorized inside Disk Drill's main screen. You may switch between tree-view and icons-view to quickly locate the files you need. Using preview at this step of iPad data recovery is definitely a must. iPad photo recovery

#4 Recover deleted data from iPad

Disk Drill is capable of recovering multiple types of data from your iPad: lost contacts, chats and messages, call logs, notes, photos and videos among them. Once reviewed, select the items you need retrieved and hit "Recover" again.
Note: we are not recovering your iPad photos or videos back to your iPad now, you need to specify the alternative destination where you would like your lost data copied out. You can move it from that location back to your iDevice or elsewhere any time after the recovery. Fast and accurate iPad data recovery is our top priority at the moment. iPad photo recovery

Data protection is equally important!

Even though it's not directly related to iPad data recovery, Disk Drill also offers several data protection methods that will keep your files and folders safe and healthy no matter what digital disaster you may face. Learn more about Recovery Vault and Guaranteed Recovery for major file systems. The only failure they won't be able to save you from is a physical damage of your storage device.

#5 Scanned. Reviewed. Recovered

The recovery itself takes seconds. Your once lost data is back thanks to Disk Drill iPad recovery app. To achieve the best recovery rate, it's important to stop using your iPad as soon as you realize your data has gone missing, otherwise you risk overwriting it with your everyday activity, new apps and photos.
Disk Drill will easily recover deleted photos from iPad running iOS 5 or newer, be it iPad mini, iPad 2, iPad Air or Pro. If you start your data restoration process quickly, you will end up getting most of the lost notes, photos, videos, Address book records and more file types back. iPad recovery software

Frequently Asked Questions

Updated on by Disk Drill Team

To recover deleted emails from an iPad:

  1. Stop using your iOS device
  2. Install Disk Drill on your Mac
  3. Launch Disk Drill, locate your iPad in it
  4. Click Recover, you will see a list of recoverable items, your texts among them, grouped in Chats category
  5. Preview your emails
  6. Click Recover, once the needed texts are selected

To retrieve deleted videos from an iPad:

  1. Install Disk Drill on your Mac
  2. Connect an iPad to your Mac via WiFi or USB
  3. Locate your iPad and click Recover
  4. Wait until the scan finishes to start the recovery process
  5. Navigate to Videos category
  6. Find your video file, preview it and click Recover

To recover deleted photos from an iPad:

  1. Connect an iPad to your Mac via USB or WiFi
  2. Launch Disk Drill on your Mac
  3. Find your iPad under iOS group in Disk Drill 
  4. Click Recover and wait until the scan is complete
  5. Navigate to Photos category
  6. Select photos you need to restore and hit Recover

The recently deleted folder on an iPad is located in the Photo app. To access the folder, open the Photo app by tapping it. Open the albums tab at the bottom of the screen. Scroll to the bottom and locate Other Albums. The Recently Deleted folder is found here. Tap on it to recover any photos contained in the folder.

There are many iPad recovery software solutions. Here are the five best applications available in 2020:

  1. Disk Drill for Mac
  2. Dr.fone
  3. iMobie PhoneRescue
  4. Tenorshare iPhone Data Recovery
  5. Leawo iOS Data Recovery

How iPad recovery works

iOS data recovery is slightly different from a regular file recovery process with Disk Drill. Usually you would be choosing among several recovery algorithms (Quick and Deep Scan, Partition Search and others), but with iOS devices being the target, Disk Drill chooses its best digital analysis tools automatically and retrieves lost data directly from the device. If you are still interested which other file types Disk Drill can reconstruct, head on to the following section of our knowledgebase.

Trusted by thousands data recovery experts!

Disk Drill 3
All-inclusive iPad Data Recovery Software
  • 10+ Million
  • 500,000+
    in 150+ countries

Read on to find our users' opinions

  • Raphaël from Banzai Software
    Raphaël from Banzai Software
    Amazing software that restores all my files from a damaged external hard drive file system. I takes some time to do the job but it worked like a charm compared to the other software I tested. Definitely worth the money! Thank you so much!
  • MacDirectory, October 2016
    MacDirectory, October 2016
    No manner of file recovery is a slam-dunk. But it turns out, when it comes to file recovery software, that there is a big difference in the time and energy and overall stress it takes to find out if those files can ever come back. File recovery is never a pleasant task, but CleverFiles’ Disk Drill goes a long way in making it less painful.
Used by world famous companies