iTunes Backup Notes: How to Extract Notes from iTunes Backup

Apple fanboys and fangirls are familiar with syncing their iPhone and iPads with iTunes. This is to not only refresh the devices with new items and updates, but also to backup data stored locally on their mobile devices onto the computer. It is a great practice to routinely perform backups so that you can always restore your iPhone to its previous state whenever you encounter any problems with the device and need to restore it to factory settings.

Part 1: Does iTunes Backup Notes On iPhone And iPad?

Your iPhone Notes can contain information that is important to your work. Therefore, it is important for you to make copies of it so that you can be sure you are still able to access it if something should happen to your phone. iTunes can definitely backup your iPhone Notes so that it is not accidentally lost.

Here is how you can backup your iPhone Notes on iTunes:

Step 1: Launch iTunes

On your Mac or PC, start up iTunes and connect your iPhone to your computer.

Step 2: Identify the device

iTunes should be able to recognise the device automatically. Click the device button and proceed with clicking "Summary".

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Step 3: Start backup

Find the "Backups" section and choose "This Computer" to backup your iPhone to your computer. To make sure that other people do not access your data, tick the "Encrypt iPhone backup" box. Click on the "Back Up Now" button to start the backup process.


You will be notified when the process is completed. Click on the "Done" button to wrap things up.


  • You cannot choose what you want and do not want to backup. iTunes will backup your iPhone as a whole.
  • If you have apps that are not in your iTunes Library, there will be some pop-ups to prompt you to add the apps to the backup.

  • Part 2: How To Restore Notes From iTunes To iPhone And iPad

    Once you have an iTunes backup file, you will be able to restore Notes from iTunes to iPhone and iPad. It only requires a few clicks.

    Step 1: Launch iTunes

    Open iTunes on your computer and plug your iPhone or iPad to your computer using a USB cable.

    Step 2: Identify the device

    iTunes will take some time to detect your device. Once it has recognised your iPhone or iPad, click the device button and "Summary" to advance to the next step.

    itues notes

    Step 3: Restore iTunes backup file to your device

    Look for the "Backups" menu and click "Restore Backup".


    You will then need to choose a specific iTunes backup file to restore on your device. iTunes will extract iTunes backup file and install it to your device once you click the "Restore" button.


    This will take some time. Click "Done" when iTunes is done with the process.


  • iTunes is only good to restore everything on your device - you cannot cherry pick which information you want to restore on your device.
  • Any data inside your iPhone and iPad will be overwritten with the data contained in the iTunes backup file you selected.
  • Part 3: How To Extract Notes From iTunes Backup Files

    iTunes is a powerful software, but it is unable to let you choose which information you want to restore. All it is able to do is overwrite current information on your iOS device with data from your iTunes backup files.

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    Here is how to extract notes from iTunes Backup files:

    Step 1: Click the appropriate recovery mode

    Once you have download and install the software, launch Wondershare dr.fone. Select the right recovery mode. To extract iTune backup files for notes, select "Recover from iTunes Backup File". The software will list down all iTunes backup files available on your computer. Highlight the one that contains the notes that you want. Click "Start Scan".

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    Step 2: Preview and extract notes

    The software will unpackage the iTunes backup files so that you can see all the files available. You will be able to see your files under categories like "Notes", "Contacts" and "Messages". Select "Notes" to see all the files that are available to be recovered. You will be able to preview them before you select which ones you want to extract. Tick the boxes of the files you want to extract and click on "Recover".

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