How to recover deleted notes on iPhone X/8/7/6s/6/5s? 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!
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Nowadays more and more iPhone users tend to use Notes app to record scattered but important information like 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.
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 8/X, iPhone 7/6s/6, or the old iPhone 5/5s/4s/4, in this guide you will get a way to recover deleted notes on iPhone.
Part 1: Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone with Recently Deleted Part 2: Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone with iTunes Backup (If You Have an iTunes Backup) Part 3: Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone with iCloud Backup (If You Have an iCloud Backup) Part 4: Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone Directly (If You Haven’t Any Backup) Part 5: Back Up iPhone Regularly to Avoid Any Other Accidental Data Loss Again
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:
Then we will show you how to check Recently Deleted notes folder on iPhone and how to recover deleted iPhone notes with it:
Step 1: Run Notes App on your iPhone, and make sure you are in the Folder view in the Notes App. If not, tap the back arrow in the upper left corner until you back to Folder view.
Step 2: Every account (like iCloud, Gmail, On My iPhone, etc.) has own Recently Deleted folder. You just need to check the Recently Deleted folder under the right account. If you don’t sure which account contains the notes you want to recover, just check every one of them to see if there is your deleted iPhone notes.
Step 3: If you find the notes you want to recover: Click Edit > Select the notes you want to recover > Click Move to… in the bottom left corner > Select the folder you want to move to, like iCloud, On My iPhone, etc. > Back to Folder view and open the folder you chosen to see the recovered notes.
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.
When you accidently 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 backup will be erased, and can’t be get back any more. 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 contents 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 computer with USB cable.
Step 2: Connect your iPhone to computer with its USB cable > Select Recover from iTunes Backup on Homepage of PhoneResuce > Click Right Arrow to enter next page.
Step 3: Select the iTunes backup contains the notes you want to retrieve > Click Next button > 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).
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.
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.
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 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:
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 the 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 contains 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 computer with its USB cable.
Step 2: On Homepage of PhoneRescue for iOS, select Recover from iCloud > Click Right arrow button to go next page.
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.
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.
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.
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 third-party tool, here are some facts about iPhone data recovery (software) you need to know, like:
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:
And PhoneRescue for iOS also works well with all Windows and Mac OS versions, and all iPhone models (including iPhone 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 computer.
Step 2: Connect your iPhone to computer > Select Recover from iOS Devices > Click Next button.
Step 3: Select Notes > Click OK button to scan your iPhone > Wait for the scanning process finish.
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.
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.
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 computer automatically via Wi-Fi network. This backup is totally as same as iTunes backup: the data types are 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).
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. Except recover deleted notes, other 20+ 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..
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