Backing up Data from iPad Apps

Each of us is responsible for backing up any content we wish to save on our iPads.

While every app is different, there are generally four ways to save content:

  1. Web-based content is saved automatically;
  2. Some apps can be configured in the app settings to back up automatically;
  3. Other apps require manually exporting data with the sharing button;
  4. If you have enough space, some apps will save data in iCloud.

Note: Backing up with iTunes is not a recommended option with SVVSD iPads!

Note: Some of the specific steps in the video above may have changed with updates to the iOS.

Web-Based Apps

For example: Google apps, Schoology, Nearpod, SeeSaw

These apps back up automatically and do not require any additional action on your part.

Automatic Back Up to Google Drive

For example: Google Photos, Explain Everything, Noteability

Some apps can be configured in app settings to back up automatically to Google Drive.


  • Install the Google Photos app from the MDM App Store
  • Allow Google Photos to access your photos
  • Leave “Back up & sync” turned ON and “High quality” checked
  • Sign in with your district Google account

Explain Everything

  • Open the Explain Everything app and tap the Menu icon
  • Tap on Settings
  • Tap the Integrations tab
  • Turn ON GDrive & YouTube
  • Sign into Google (if asked) and tap Allow


  • Open the Notability app and tap the Settings icon in the bottom left
  • Select Auto-backup on the left menu
  • Tap Google Drive
  • Sign into Google (if asked) and tap Allow
Manual Back Up to Google Drive

For example: Book Creator, Green Screen

To save completed projects from these apps to your Google Drive you must have the Google Drive app installed on your iPad:

  • From the app, find and tap the sharing icon  
  • Choose a file format (if asked)
  • Select Google Drive
  • Sign into Google Drive (if asked)
iCloud Backup for Apple Suite Apps

For example: Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iMovie, Garage Band, Clips

Not all apps support iCloud backup, and free iCloud backup is limited to 5GB of data.  (Additional storage can be purchased for a monthly fee.)

  • On the iPad, tap on Settings
  • Tap on your name
  • Tap on iCloud
  • We recommend turning OFF iCloud backup for all apps except Apple suite apps unless you’ve chosen to purchase additional storage for personal data.

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