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How to Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone

Alice MJ

Aug 30, 2023 • Filed to: Data Recovery Solutions • Proven solutions


notes on iphone

Have you been writing down important notes on your iPhone and accidentally deleted them? There’s no need to worry. We can show you how to recover deleted notes on your iPhone in no time.

We’ve prepared a guide on how to restore notes on iPhones from recently deleted folders, iCloud backup, and iTunes backup. You’ll also learn how to recover notes on your iPhone without a backup in just a few steps.

Part 1. Important Notes Could Be Lost in a Second, But There’s a Solution

iphone notes

If you’re one of those who write everything down in their notes, you probably rely on it to always be available. The notes on your iPhone are probably full of grocery lists, important dates, account logins, recipes, and other crucial information you want to preserve.

But what happens when you accidentally delete essential notes on your iPhone? It’s very easy to delete some of them you didn’t mean to accidentally.

Recovering those that you’ve backed up to iTunes or iCloud is easy. What if you haven’t backed up your iPhone notes, though? There are three methods to recover your deleted backed-up notes and a powerful tool to help you recover those you haven’t backed up.

Part 2. How to Restore Notes on iPhone from the Recently Deleted Folder

recently deleted folder in iphone notes

iPhones offer a neat option in the shape of the Recently Deleted folder. The Recently Deleted folder is a folder that stores the files you’ve deleted for 30 days before erasing them. That lets you view your deleted files and recover the ones you need back.

You can access the Recently Deleted folder from Images to recover your deleted photos and videos or from notes to recover the accidentally deleted notes. However, if 30 days have passed since you deleted them, you won’t be able to find your notes in the Recently Deleted folder.

Recovering your iPhone notes from the Recently Deleted folder is quick and takes just a few clicks. Just follow these steps to retrieve deleted notes on your iPhone from the Recently Deleted folder:

    • Step 1: Open the Notes app on your iPhone.
    • Step 2: Tap on Folders>Recently Deleted.

recently deleted folder in notes

    • Step 3: Tap Edit in the upper right corner.

click edit in recently deleted folder

    • Step 4: Select the notes you want to restore and tap

select notes to recover

  • Step 5: Select the folder to which you want to recover your notes.

move deleted notes from recently deleted

If you only want to recover one note from the Recently Deleted folder, follow these steps.

    • Step 6: Go to the Recently Deleted folder in Notes.

recently deleted folder in notes

    • Step 7: Find and open the note you want to recover.

note in recently deleted folder

    • Step 8: Tap on the Folder icon at the bottom of the screen.

click folder icon to recover note

    • Step 9: Select the folder you want to restore the note to.

recover recently deleted iphone note

Part 3. How to Retrieve Deleted Notes on iPhone from the iCloud Backup

recover iphone notes with icloud backup

What happens when it has been over 30 days and your notes disappear from the Recently Deleted folder? Furthermore, what if you deleted them from your Recently Deleted folder too? It would be useful to have a recent backup of your iPhone.

Your deleted notes could’ve been backed up to your iCloud, so you can still find them and recover them from iCloud. Since we usually write essential things into our iPhone notes, it’s wise to back them up to iCloud. Not only does iCloud allow you to sync and access your data from any device, but it’s also very helpful when restoring specific files.

Restoring notes from iCloud backup requires erasing your iPhone data and settings and restoring your iPhone’s data with the iCloud backup. You must ensure you’ve recently backed up your iPhone to iCloud to avoid losing all your data. You can check that by following these steps:

    • Step 1: Open Settings.
    • Step 2: Click on your name at the top of the list, then clickiCloud.

click your name in settings

icloud in settings

    • Step 3: Tap on iCloud Backup.

icloud backup in settings

    • Step 4: Ensure iCloud Backup is on, and check when the last iCloud backup was made (Note: Don’t click on Backup Now because your iPhone will later be restored to that phone version without the notes you need).

ensure icloud backed up your iphone

Once you’ve made sure your iPhone has made a recent iCloud backup, follow these steps to recover your lost notes:

    • Step 1: Open Settingsand go to General.

general in iphone settings

    • Step 2: Scroll down and click on Transfer or Reset iPhone.

transfer or reset iphone in settings

    • Step 3: Click on Erase All Content and Settings, which will reboot your phone.

erase all iphone content and settings

  • Step 4: Follow the on-screen instructions to set up your iPhone.
  • Step 5: When you get to the Apps and Datasection, click on Restore from iCloud Backup.
  • Step 6: Sign in to your Apple ID and select the most recent iCloud backup that contains the deleted notes you want to recover.

Part 4. How to Recover Deleted Notes When You’re Using iTunes Backup

recover iphone notes with itunes backup

iTunes is a media player software that can serve as a media library and mobile device management utility. It offers an array of services to Apple users. You can find it on newer Macs under the Music App. Whether it’s called iTunes or Music App, it can help you recover your deleted notes.

iTunes should make backups of your iPhone regularly. If you want to check whether iTunes backs up your iPhone, follow these steps:

    • Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your computer.
    • Step 2: Find and select your iPhone in the drop-down menu on the left.
    • Step 3: Go to Edit>Preferences.

itunes preferences to check latest backups

  • Step 4: Click on Devicesto see the list and dates of iTunes backups.

If you found the backup that contains your deleted notes, you can easily recover them. To recover deleted notes on iPhone from iTunes backup, follow these steps:

    • Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your PC.
    • Step 2: Find your iPhone in the drop-down menu on the left and click on it.
    • Step 3: Click on Sync Settings…>General, where you can see the list of iTunes backups.

sync settings itunes

    • Step 4: If there’s more than one available backup, find the one containing your deleted notes and click Restore Backup…next to it.

restore itunes backup to recover notes

  • Step 5: The backup restoration can take some time, as it’s restoring all your data to the backup you chose, not only notes.

Part 5. Dr.Fone – Data Recovery: Recover Notes on iPhone Without Backup

The previous methods require you to have backed up your phone beforehand. However, what happens if you haven’t backed up your iPhone? Don’t worry; your notes aren’t lost forever. You can use data recovery software that will allow you to recover lost data, such as notes, without having a backup.

Wondershare Dr.Fone is a top-rated iPhone data recovery tool with the highest success rate in recovering lost data. It allows you to recover notes, photos, videos, messages, contacts, WhatsApp, Viber, Kik messages, and other data from your iPhone.

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Wondershare Dr.Fone

World's 1st iPhone and iOS data recovery software

  • Provide with three ways to recover iPhone data.
  • Scan iOS devices to recover photos, video, contacts, messages, notes, etc.
  • Extract and preview all content in iCloud/iTunes backup files.
  • Selectively restore what you want from iCloud/iTunes backup to your device or computer.
  • Compatible with the latest iPhone models.

Some of the main features of Wondershare Dr.Fone include:

  • Selective recovery
  • Preview options
  • Advanced restoration directly to the device
  • Export to computer option

Wondershare Dr.Fone successfully saves you from numerous data loss scenarios, such as accidental deletion, system crash, water damage, device damage, and more. Another incredible option Dr.Fone provides you is restoration from iCloud and iTunes. While you can recover your deleted notes from iCloud and iTunes backups, it will restore all data to match the latest backup.

Wondershare Dr.Fone allows you to recover specific data types from iCloud and iTunes. Therefore, this data recovery tool can recover only your deleted notes from iCloud or iTunes. Wondershare Dr.Fone ensures your iPhone notes are recovered safely while your other data remains intact.

To recover your lost iPhone notes using Wondershare Dr.Fone, follow these steps:

    • Step 1: Install and open Dr.Fone on your computer.
    • Step 2:Go to Toolbox>Data Recovery.

data recovery in wondershare drfone

    • Step 3:Then click on iOS>Recover Data from iOS device.

ios data recovery in wondershare drfone

recover data from ios device drfone

    • Step 4:As will be shown on the screen, you need to connect your iPhone to the computer using a USB cable.

connect iphone to computer

    • Step 5:Once your iPhone is connected, you’ll be asked to tick all the file types you want to recover using Dr.Fone. Select only Notes & Attachments and click Start Scan.

select notes for drfone recovery

    • Step 6:You can monitor the scanning process on the top of the screen.

scanning process in wondershare drfone

    • Step 7:You can preview the notes once the scan is complete. Select the notes you want to recover and click on Restore to Device.

preview notes in wondershare drfone

    • Step 8:This will open a window asking you to select the device where you want to restore your notes. Select your iPhone and click Continue.

recover notes to your iphone

    • Step 9:You’ll need to disable the Find My iPhone on your phone. Once you’ve disabled it on your iPhone, click OK.

disable find my iphone

    • Step 10:Your deleted notes will be successfully restored to your iPhone.

notes restored to your iphone

    • Step 11: If you also want to preserve your notes on your computer, select the notes and click Recover to Computer. Set the location and click Recover.

recover notes to your computer

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You don’t need to worry if you accidentally deleted some important notes from your iPhone, as there are several solutions. If you deleted them in the last 30 days, you can recover the notes from the Recently Deleted folder.

Moreover, you can restore your phone to the latest iCloud or iTunes backup stamp and get everything back. However, if you don’t have a backup, you can use Wondershare Dr.Fone to recover your lost notes while preserving your other data.

Alice MJ

staff Editor

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