How to Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone 11/XS/XR/X/8/7/6s

How to recover deleted notes on iPhone 11/XS/XR/X/ 8/7/6s? If you are stuck on iPhone notes deleted or disappeared problem, this guide collects you 3 methods to retrieve deleted iPhone notes. Read on to get them back in minutes!

Joy Taylor Last Updated: May. 21, 2020
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Nowadays more and more iPhone users tend to use the Notes app to record scattered but important information like a daily schedule, shopping list, account & password list, or a memorandum. However, you may lose those notes from your iPhone due to various types of reasons, such as accidental deletion, a failed jailbreak, iOS upgrade, iCloud syncing, iTunes or iCloud restoring, etc.

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No matter what reason makes your iPhone notes deleted or disappeared, it would drive you crazy. If you are stuck on this problem now, the only thing you want to know is how to recover deleted notes on iPhone, this is the problem we will fix today. No matter whether you have made a backup in advance, no matter what device you are working with, the new iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone Xs/Xr/X/8/ 7/6s, or the older iPhone 6/5/5s/4s/4, in this guide you will get a way to recover notes on your iPhone.

Part 1: Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone with Recently Deleted

Just like photos, the Note on iPhone iPad also has the Recently Deleted feature. This means if you delete some notes by mistake, the deleted notes still on your iPhone, and keep in the folder of Recently Deleted for 30 days. Within 30 days, you can get them back at any time once you realized you deleted important notes.

Therefore, when it comes to how to recover deleted notes on iPhone, the first thing you need to do is checking the Recently Deleted folder on your iPhone. But before retrieving deleted notes on iPhone via Recently Deleted feature, there are some things you need to know firstly, like:

Recently Deleted Feature only helps you recover those notes deleted from iPhone, but not deleted from Recently Deleted Folder.

Recently Deleted only keep deleted notes for 30 days, it may up to 40 days, once it exceeds the deadline, they will be deleted permanently from Recently Deleted.

Normally, this feature only works when you delete a single note or several notes by mistake, if you find all your iPhone notes disappeared after restoring or iOS update, this is not included.

How to Restore Deleted Notes on iPhone in Recently Deleted Notes Folder:

  1. Run Notes App on your iPhone and then tap the back arrow (“<“) in the upper left corner to view the notes folders.
  2. Choose the Recently Deleted folder.
  3. Click the Edit button and select the notes you want to recover.
  4. Click Move to… in the bottom left corner.
  5. Select the folder you want to move the deleted notes back to, like iCloud, On My iPhone, etc.
  6. Go back to the Folder view and open the folder you choose to see the recovered notes.
How to Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone via Recently Deleted

How to Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone via Recently Deleted

After checking Recently Deleted folder on your iPhone, if you fail to recover deleted iPhone notes, you can read on to try the following methods to get them back: if you have an iTunes backup, please move to Part 2; if you have an iCloud backup, please move to Part 3; if you haven’t any available iTunes or iCloud backup, please move to Part 4.

Part 2: How to Recover Deleted Notes from iPhone with iTunes Backup

When you accidentally delete notes on iPhone and ask help from Apple, the first question they will ask you is “Have you synced your iPhone to iTunes” or “Have you backed up your iPhone to iCloud”, if you say “YES”, they will ask you to restore your iPhone with the backup you made before, and then the deleted notes will be back.

However, Apple guys never told you, restoring iPhone iPad to recover deleted notes is limited to that you have made an iTunes backup before, and this backup contains the deleted notes you want to recover. And during this process, all the current contents on your iPhone that are not included in the backup will be erased, and can’t get back anymore. In other words, after you made that backup, if you have taken some new photos, received new messages, created new notes, etc. they are not included in that backup, they will be erased when restoring and can’t be recovered.

What’s more, restoring iDevice to undelete iPhone notes, you never know what content in your backup, what content files will back to your iPhone, and if this backup contains the deleted notes you want to retrieve. You may even encounter a terrible situation that restoring iPhone with a wrong iTunes backup, this will drive you crazy. To help you locate the right iTunes back easily and ensure this back contains the deleted notes you want to retrieve, we recommend you an iPhone data recovery tool – PhoneRescue for iOS, which works as an iTunes backup extractor to preview iTunes backup files to see if it contains the files you want to retrieve, and helps you recover deleted files back to iPhone or computer.

Next, we will show you how to see if your iTunes backup contains the deleted notes you want and then recover deleted notes from iTunes backup back to iPhone’s Notes App.

Step 1. Download and install PhoneRescue for iOS on your computer > Run it > Connect your iPhone to the computer with a USB cable.

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Step 2. Connect your iPhone to the computer with its USB cable > Select Recover from Backup on Homepage of PhoneResuce > Click Right Arrow to enter the next page.

How to Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone 11/XS/XR/X/8/7/6s from iTunes Backup – Step 2

How to Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone 11/XS/XR/X/8/7/6s from iTunes Backup – Step 2

Step 3. Select the iTunes backup contains the notes you want to retrieve > Select Only Scan Backup or Compare (select if you want to compare the contents in iTunes backup and the existing contents on iPhone) > Select Notes > Click OK button to start scanning your iTunes backup > Then PhoneRescue for iOS will scan your iTunes backup to list all the notes in iTunes backup (including the existing notes and deleted notes).

How to Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone 11/XS/XR/X/8/7/6s from iTunes Backup – Step 3

How to Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone 11/XS/XR/X/8/7/6s from iTunes Backup – Step 3

Step 4. Preview the existing and deleted notes/note attachment > Select the Notes or Note Attachment you want to retrieve > Click To Device or To Computer button to recover deleted notes back to iPhone’s Notes App or computer directly.

How to Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone 11/XS/XR/X/8/7/6s from iTunes Backup – Step 4

How to Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone 11/XS/XR/X/8/7/6s from iTunes Backup – Step 4

1. If you fail to find the deleted notes you want to recover in this iTunes backup, you can repeat the steps above to scan another iTunes backup and see if it contains the notes you want to retrieve. If you still failed, this means your iTunes backups don’t contain the notes you want to recover, you can move to Part 4 to recover deleted notes on iPhone without backup.

2. If your iTunes backup is encrypted, and you are unlucky to forget the password, you can read this guide – Top 5 iTunes Backup Unlockers to select one to unlock your encrypted iTunes backup.

Part 3: How to Recover Deleted Notes from iPhone with iCloud Backup

Compared to iTunes, iCloud allows you to make a backup any time anywhere, only if your iPhone can be connected to a Wi-Fi network. Therefore, many people may have an iCloud backup instead of iTunes backup. If you are one of them, then we will show you how to retrieve deleted notes on iPhone from iCloud backup.

Retrieving deleted notes from iPhone with iCloud backup, you also need to erase your iPhone and then restore it with the iCloud backup you made. Just like restoring iDevice with iTunes backup, during this process, you also may encounter two potential problems, like:

  • The current contents, like newly taken photos, recently received text messages, newly added contacts and other contents are not included in iCloud backup will be erased, and can’t be recovered anymore.
  • You never know what contents will return to your iPhone until the restoring process finish; if this iCloud backup contains the deleted notes you want to retrieve; if you choose a wrong backup, etc.

Therefore, you can use an iCloud backup extractor to scan your iCloud backup and see if it contains the deleted notes you want to retrieve firstly. PhoneRescue for iOS is a tool like this, which can help you scan your iCloud backup, and preview the iCloud backup files without restoring iDevice. In case that you erase all the current contents on your iPhone to recover deleted iPhone notes, only to find you restore with a wrong backup, or this iCloud backup doesn’t contain the notes you want. It would be a tragedy you never want to see. Next, follow us to scan your iCloud backup and see if it has the deleted notes you want to retrieve.

Step 1. Download PhoneRescue for iOS on your computer > Install and run it > Connect your iPhone to the computer with its USB cable.

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Step 2. On the Homepage of PhoneRescue for iOS, select Recover from iCloud > Click the Right arrow button to go next page.

How to Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone 11/XS/XR/X/8/7/6s with iCloud Backup – Step 2

How to Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone 11/XS/XR/X/8/7/6s with iCloud Backup – Step 2

Step 3. Log in iCloud with your Apple ID and password > Select iCloud Backup.

Step 4. Select the iCloud backup may contain the notes you want to retrieve > Click Download button > Select the type of data you want to download from data > Click OK button.

How to Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone 11/XS/XR/X/8/7/6s with iCloud Backup – Step 4

How to Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone 11/XS/XR/X/8/7/6s with iCloud Backup – Step 4

Step 5. Preview the notes in iCloud backup > Select the notes or note attachments you want to retrieve > Click To Computer or To iPhone button to recover deleted iPhone notes back to PC/Mac computer or iPhone’s Notes App.

How to Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone 11/XS/XR/X/8/7/6s with iCloud Backup – Step 5

How to Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone 11/XS/XR/X/8/7/6s with iCloud Backup – Step 5

If you fail to find the deleted or lost iPhone notes after scanning one iCloud backup, you can repeat again to scan other iCloud backups. And if you still failed, this means your iCloud backup doesn’t contain the notes you want to restore, at this moment, you can read on to recover deleted notes on iPhone without backup in Part 4.

Part 4: How to Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone without iTunes or iCloud backup

After scanning your iTunes or iCloud backup, if you still fail to recover deleted iPhone notes, or you totally don’t have iTunes or iCloud backup, the only way for you is trying some iPhone data recovery software, which allows you to recover deleted notes on iPhone without any backup.

Before showing you how to retrieve deleted notes on iPhone with the third-party tool, here are some facts about iPhone data recovery (software) you need to know, like:

  • When you delete notes from iPhone (even also delete from Recently Deleted folder), the “deleted” notes are not really deleted. They are just technically marked with deletion and invisible to us. To recover them, we just need to find them and remove the deletion mark.
  • Normally, if we are not IT engineers, we can’t find the hidden deleted files on iPhone, let alone recover them. The iPhone data recovery software is the tool that helps us scan our iPhone and look for the files with the deletion mark, and then get them back. And almost all the iPhone data recovery software is paid software, you have to pay for it.
  • Data recovery is based on an important premise – the deleted files are not overwritten, or no way or tool can help you get them back. And any newly received or installed items, even an unexpected incoming message, may cause overwritten. So during recovery, ensure your iPhone is in Airplane Mode.
  • Almost iPhone data recovery software is a desktop software, you need to install and use it on Windows or Mac computer. Because any newly installed app may make your deleted notes overwritten and unrecoverable. So if you are visiting this page on the mobile phone, please turn on your computer, and then follow us to recover deleted notes on iPhone without backup.

Now we have already known why it is necessary to use an iPhone data recovery when you haven’t backup, then we will recommend you a nice iPhone data recovery tool – PhoneRescue for iOS with the following features:

  • The Highest Success Rate in Industry. No matter whether you have iTunes/iCloud backup or not, PhoneRescue for iOS offers you the max chance to recover deleted iPhone notes only if they are not overwritten.
  • Directly Back to iPhone’s Notes App. Once you find the deleted iPhone notes, you just perform a click to get them back to your iPhone’s Notes App.
  • Not Only Notes but Note Attachments are Also Included. When recovering, PhoneRescue for iOS helps you recover deleted note attachments as well as deleted notes.
  • Only Recover the Notes You Want. PhoneRescue for iOS allows you to preview all the deleted notes, and select the notes you want to recover.
  • The Longest Money-Back Guarantee. PhoneRescue for iOS promises you “60-Day Money-Back Guarantee”. If you fail to recover deleted notes, you can ask for a refund. Buy Now >
  • Recover Any iPhone Data You Lost. Besides notes, PhoneRescue for iOS also can recover other iOS contents, like Photos, Text Messages, Contacts, Videos, Contacts, etc.

And PhoneRescue for iOS also works well with all Windows and Mac OS versions, and all iPhone models (including iPhone 11/XS/XR/X, iPhone 8/7/6 (Plus), iPhone 5/5s/5C, iPhone SE, and the old iPhone 4s/4/3GS). Now follow us to recover deleted notes on iPhone without backup. The sooner you scan your iPhone, the bigger chance to get them back.

Step 1. Free download PhoneRescue for iOS on your computer > Open it > Connect your iPhone to the computer.

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Step 2. Connect your iPhone to computer > Select Recover from iOS Devices > Click Next button.

How to Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone 11/XS/XR/X/8/7/6s without Backup – Step 2

How to Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone 11/XS/XR/X/8/7/6s without Backup – Step 2

Step 3. Select Notes > Click OK button to scan your iPhone > Wait for the scanning process finish.

How to Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone 11/XS/XR/X/8/7/6s without Backup – Step 3

How to Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone 11/XS/XR/X/8/7/6s without Backup – Step 3

Step 4. Select Only list deleted > Preview these deleted notes > Select the notes you want to recover > Click To iPhone or To Computer button to get deleted iPhone notes back to iPhone’s Notes App or PC/Mac computer.

How to Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone X/8/7/6s/5 without Backup – Step 4

How to Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone X/8/7/6s/5 without Backup – Step 4

We have listed almost all the possible ways to recover deleted iPhone notes above, if you still failed to get them back after trying all of them, this means your deleted notes have been overwritten. Not only PhoneRescue for iOS can’t get them back, but other iPhone data recovery software also can’t.

[Video Tutorial]  4 Methods to Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone

Part 5: Back Up iPhone Regularly to Avoid Any Other Data Loss Problem

When stuck on iPhone data loss problem, like get iPhone photos, messages, contacts, notes, and other iOS contents deleted or lost, if you have made an iTunes backup, you 100% can get them back by following the method in Part 2. However, most people are not accustomed to make iTunes backups regularly.

Fortunately, AnyTrans’s new feature – Air Backup can easily fix it. Every time when you open your computer, AnyTrans will back up your iPhone to the computer automatically via Wi-Fi network. This backup is totally as same as iTunes backup: the data types are the same as iTunes backup, the backup made by AnyTrans can be recognized by iTunes (you can use it to restore your iDevice, or just extract some files from it).

AnyTrans Air Backup Overview

AnyTrans Air Backup Overview

The Bottom Line

As you can see, it is not difficult to get back deleted notes on iPhone with PhoneRescue for iOS, as long as you have available iTunes or iCloud backup, or your deleted notes are not overwritten if you haven’t any backup. Besides recover deleted notes, other 31 Types of iOS contents also can be recovered, like Text Messages, Contacts, Photos, Videos, Safari History, Bookmarks, etc. (Check all PhoneRescue for iOS supported data types >). If you just read this guide and haven’t scanned your iPhone or backup for deleted notes, try PhoneRescue for iOS to get them back before they are gone forever.

PhoneRescue for iOS – iPhone Data Recovery

  • Recover notes from iPhone even without backup.
  • No harm to the existing data and no need to restore your iPhone.
  • Recover iPhone notes from iTunes or iCloud backup.
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Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.