How to backup an iPad?

I would like to know if is possible to backup the apps dowloaded and installed in an iPad and how to?

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Two options -
1. plug into your computer and run iTunes.
    as long as this is an authorised computer (you can set 5 from memory) it will backup any purchases or downloads.
2. Setup it to backup into iCloud.
    This doesn't backup the apps - but will register them with you, so if you swap / wipe the pad they come back down from the store.
The easiest way is to use iCloud, which has to be turned on under Settings. If you have a lot of video material, however, you will quickly go over the free 5GB backup space. Once iCloud is turned on, you can manually perform the first backup. In any case, the iPad will automatically backup every time the device meets 3 requirements: 1) plugged in, 2) connected to WiFi, 3) at lock screen (not being used). As edster9999 said, your apps and songs will not actually be uploaded to the backup server. Instead, it saves a record of what you own and any data associated with them. When restoring, they are downloaded from the Apple store. The backups will usually be very small unless you have taken a lot of pictures and videos.

If you want to have a physical copy of your apps on your computer, use iTunes. iCloud is easier, though.
I can give you step by step instructions for backing up with iCloud if you like. It's really easy. I put off using it for a long time because i was used to iTunes, but now I prefer iCloud.
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