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.

iPad data recovery

Even the latest gadgets are not immune to data loss, and that includes the iPad. Fortunately, it turns out that it’s not any more difficult to recover lost data from your iPad’s internet memory, including photos, notes, videos, messages, and reminders, than it is to recover a Mac hard drive.

All you need is iPad data recovery software called Disk Drill, and you can easily perform not just iOS data recovery but all other commonly performed data recovery jobs as well.

iPad Data recovery for Different Data Loss Situations

Disk Drill can address almost all data loss situations iPad users sometimes encounter when using their devices for leisure, school, or work.

Accidental deletion

Accidental deletion

The iPad is exceptionally easy to use considering how capable it is, but there’s still a lot of room for accidental deletion to happen. One wrong tap can send many important files to the digital graveyard, but you can always retrieve them back from it using Disk Drill.

Jailbreaking gone wrong

Jailbreaking gone wrong

Jailbreaking can give you the freedom to use your iPad without any restrictions, but the road that leads to jailbreaking is risky, and even the smallest detour from it may lead to data loss. But when the worst happens, you can always count on Disk Drill to save the day.

Unsuccessful device upgrade

Unsuccessful device upgrade

Apple releases new versions of iOS on a regular basis to introduce new features and fix known bugs. While the vast majority of device upgrades go smoothly, reports of failed device upgrades are not difficult to find on the internet, so it’s a good idea to have data recovery software like Disk Drill at hand.

Corrupted apps or iOS crashes

Corrupted apps or iOS crashes

iOS apps, as well as the operating system on which they run, are known for an exceptional level of polish, but that doesn’t mean they don’t contain bugs. Even a single bug can cause an app or iOS itself to fail at the worst possible moment, resulting in important data becoming corrupted and lost. To get them back, you may need to use iPad recovery software like Disk Drill.

Erase all content and settings

Erase all content and settings

When you use the Erase All Content and Settings option to restore your iPad to its factory condition, you instantly erase all changes to its settings and wipe your personal data. With the right iPad file recovery software, you can undo this destructive action in just a few clicks.

Locked device

Locked device

iPad’s security features can effectively keep unauthorized people from accessing your device and potentially stealing your data, but they can also lock you out of iOS. All it takes is for you to forget the right password. With iPad data recovery software like Disk Drill, you can solve this difficult situation without much trouble and without sending your iPad to expensive professionals.


The only commonly experienced data loss situation Disk Drill can’t solve is hardware damage. If your iPad is dead because it has suffered damage, then you should send the broken iPad to professionals who have the skills and equipment to repair it.

Recover Deleted Data from Any Type of iPad

One reason why Disk Drill is among the best free iPad recovery software solutions is its ability to recover deleted data from any type of iPad, including those listed below.

iPad series
iPad series

iPad (1st generation) iPad 2 iPad (3rd generation) iPad (4th generation) iPad (5th generation) iPad (6th generation) iPad (7th generation) iPad (8th generation) iPad (9th generation)

iPad Mini series
iPad Mini series

iPad Mini (1st generation) iPad Mini 2 iPad Mini 3 iPad Mini 4 iPad Mini (5th generation) iPad Mini (6th generation)

iPad Air series
iPad Air series

iPad Air iPad Air 2 iPad Air (3rd generation) iPad Air (4th generation)

iPad Pro series
iPad Pro series

iPad Pro (1st generation) iPad Pro (2nd generation) iPad Pro (3rd generation) iPad Pro (4th generation) iPad Pro (5th generation)

File Types Supported for iPad Recovery

Disk Drill allows you to recover files from iPad with ease, and it supports all file types that iPad users commonly store on their devices, including contacts, messages, notes, call history, voice memos, calendar appointments, Safari bookmarks, documents, photos, and videos. All these different file types can be recovered by following the same steps, and you can recover them individually or all at once.
Camera Roll Photos (JPG, PNG, GIF, TIFF)
Videos (MP4, MOV)
Contacts (VCF)
Calendar (ICS)
VoiceMemo Recordings (M4A, MP3, AAC)
Text notes (HTML)
Notes with attachments (EML)
Bookmarks (HTML)
Chats, texts from Messages (CSV)
Call history (CSV)
Installed Apps Data
Installed Apps Data
Other Existing Files
Other Existing Files

How to Recover iPad Files Using Data Recovery Software

Disk Drill can reliably recover all kinds of files that were stored on your iPad, but you must begin the recovery process as quickly as possible because the chances of successful data recovery decrease over time.

1. Download and install Disk Drill

Disk Drill iPad recovery software can be downloaded for free from its website. The free version lets you find and preview all recoverable files, and you can install it just like you would most other third-party apps.

Download and install Disk Drill

2. Connect your iPad and launch Disk Drill

With Disk Drill installed, you can go ahead and connect your iPad to your Mac. Then, launch Disk Drill and give it the required permissions so it can scan the connected iPad and recover your data.

Connect your iPad and launch Disk Drill

3. Scan your iPad and recover lost data

To scan your iPad, all you need to do is click “iPhones & iPads” from the left pane, select your iPad, and click Search for lost data. Give Disk Drill some time to finish scanning. Preview recoverable files to verify their integrity and add select those you want to recover. Finally, click Recover and specify the desired recovery destination.

Scan your iPad and recover lost data

Alternative iPad Recovery Methods

In most cases, Disk Drill is the quickest and most reliable way to recover lost data from an iPad, but it’s not the only one. Alternative iPad recovery methods do exist, and you should familiarize yourself with them so that you can choose the best approach possible.

Method 1

Recover from a local backup

If you have created a local backup of your iPad using Finder on a Mac with macOS Catalina or later or using iTunes on a Mac with macOS Mojave or earlier, then you can restore your device from the local backup.

To do that (on a Mac with macOS Catalina or later), you need to connect your iPad to your Mac and launch Finder. Select the connected iPad from the list of available storage locations and click Restore Backup.

You then need to pick the most relevant backup and click Restore one more time to start the restoration of your iPad.

Recover from a local backup
Method 2

Recover from iCloud Backup

iCloud is Apple’s cloud backup service. When enabled, it continuously backs up photos, emails, contacts, calendars, notes, messages, and more.

To recover from an iCloud backup, you first need to erase your entire iPad by opening the Settings app and navigating to General > Transfer or Reset > Erase All Content and Settings.

Once that’s done, you can turn on your device and follow the onscreen setup steps until you reach the Apps & Data screen. There, tap Restore from iCloud Backup and sign in with your Apple ID. Complete the rest of the recovery process and enjoy your device.

Recover from iCloud Backup
Method 3

Recover from a third-party backup

There are many different third-party backup apps available in the App Store that can be used to back up everything from photos to videos to text messages and contacts.

Some of the most popular examples of third-party backup apps include Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, and Dropbox. If you’ve been using one of these apps, then you’re in luck because you should be able to recover your lost data without any problems.

The biggest limitation is that a single third-party backup app typically focuses only on certain files, such as photos and videos.

Recover from a third-party backup
Method 4

Send your iPad to a data recovery center

All methods described so far can be used to address virtually all common data loss scenarios except for one: physical hardware damage.

If your iPad is damaged to such an extent that you can’t copy your data from it to a safe location, then you really have only one option left, and that option is a professional data recovery center.

Experienced professionals working in clean facilities can perform even complex hardware repairs and data recovery jobs to retrieve your lost files. Just know that the cost of recovery might not be cheap.

Send your iPad to a data recovery center

Frequently Asked Questions

Updated on by Disk Drill Team

How do I retrieve lost emails on my iPad?

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

Is there a way to recover deleted videos on iPad?

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

How do I recover permanently deleted photos from my iPad?

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

Where is the recently deleted folder on an iPad?

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.

What are the best iPad recovery software?

There are many great iPad recovery software applications, but the ones we recommend include:

  1. Disk Drill iPad Data Recovery
  2. Syncios
  3. Primo
  4. Tenorshare Ultdata
  5. Aiseesoft FoneLab
  6. FonePaw iPad Recovery
  7. EaseUS MobiSaver Pro
  8. iMobie PhoneRescue

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.

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