As with all computers, it is important to regularly back up data on your iPad®.
iPads are portable devices, which are prone to accidental damage. Broken iPads are often replaced rather than repaired, so your files are lost. Additionally, the high value of iPads makes them prime targets for thieves, who will wipe them before trying to sell them. While you may be able to recover the iPad itself, it is unlikely that you will recover your files.
Fortunately, there are a number of ways to safeguard your files.
Copy files to Dropbox, Google Drive, or WebDAV
A key feature of the Clicker Apps is the ability to easily share files via email, Dropbox, Google Drive, or WebDAV.
Dropbox/Google Drive are free “cloud storage” services that enable you to store files safely online. Once a Clicker App is linked to your Dropbox/Google Drive account, you can open and copy files directly.
If your school uses a WebDAV file server, you can also link it to a Clicker App. The principle is the same, but your files are stored on your school’s server rather than the Internet.
If you regularly copy files to Dropbox, Google Drive, or WebDAV, you will still be able to access them from another device should something happen to your iPad. It also makes it easy to share files between devices.
To learn more about using Dropbox, Google Drive, and WebDAV with the Clicker Apps, consult the appropriate section of the app’s User Guide. These are available as PDFs in our Support section.
Your iPad can be configured to back up data to Apple’s own iCloud service. This includes “app data”, containing settings and files created in each app.
To ensure that iCloud Backup is turned on, open the Settings app, tap iCloud on the left, and tap Backup on the right.
Your iPad will make daily automatic backups to iCloud when the screen is locked, provided that it’s connected to a power source and a Wi-Fi network.
Unfortunately, it’s not possible to restore an individual app’s data from an iCloud backup. You can only restore the entire backup, which requires wiping your iPad of all content.
Therefore, for maximum flexibility and security, it is a good idea to copy files to Dropbox, Google Drive, or WebDAV as well.