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How to restore iPhone notes from iCloud backup (iPad supported)

face Rob Parsons Updated on Apr 15, 2022 4:55 PM

I often use iPhone notes to keep track of everything, mostly my work issues. But something goes wrong now because I deleted some notes by mistake. I can't find them in Recent Deleted album. I have iCloud enabled, is it possible to recover the notes from iCloud, how to do?

Have an extra copy of your iOS device is indispensable, and one of the most straightforward and simplest ways is to back up iPhone & iPad with iCloud — so in case something goes wrong, you will be able to restore your iPhone and get lost files back from the iCloud backup.

Accidently deleted notes on iPhone or lost notes due to a failed iOS update. You are not alone. Should you back up iPhone to iCloud, you will get notes back. Here are a few effective methods for restoring iPhone notes from iCloud backup, which are also applicable to iPads.

1. Restore Notes from iCloud Backup Using 3rd Party Tool

No matter you permanently deleted notes in Notes App on your iPhone or iPad, or they were disappeared with an unexpected error, you are able to find back and recover notes from iCloud if you enable its automatic backup feature. And iOS Date Recovery is something you can't miss.

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Rather than restoring notes from an iCloud backup by reverting iPhone to the state of the backup, this program allows you to preview and access the notes stored in iCloud backup and select what note you want to get back. It also can recover notes from iTunes backup or from iPhone memory.

If your deleted notes don't show up under "Recently Deleted" album nor store in iCloud or iTunes backup, you still can hook up the iPhone with computer and run a scan on the device in depth to restore notes, read our article: how to recover notes from iPhone memory without backup file.

Let's see how this program works for retrieving iPhone notes from iCloud backup.

Step 1: Analyze iCloud backup file

Download the software and install it on your computer.

Run it and select the mode labeled "Recover from iCloud Backup File" from the main interface, then enter your Apple ID and password in the labeled fields, so the program can have access to all your iCloud backup files.

Step 2: Download an iCloud backup

Once logged in, you will get all the available backups you made for iPhone previously. Select one of them that contains the notes you want to retrieve from and press the Download button to proceed.

Restore iPhone Notes from iCloud Backup

When you get a pop-up window, just pick what types of files you need downloaded by clicking the checkboxes. By default, all items are selected; make sure "Notes" option is checked and click Next button to start downloading all notes.

Step 3: Choose Notes for recovery

After downloaded, you can have a preview of the notes. From the left menu, click the "Notes" category to preview the details of notes: Title, Date, Location and Memorandums.

Next, check the notes you want to retrieve from the list by marking the small boxes next to each one.

Step 4: Start restoring iCloud notes

Once selected, go ahead and click on the Recover button at the lower-right corner. Then, you are required to designate a local folder in the pop-up dialog box.

After that, hit the Recover a second time. This iPhone notes recovery software will start extracting notes from the iCloud backup and save to your computer.

The exported notes will be saved in HTML file, so that you can then view the notes on a browser.

2. Restore Notes from iCloud to iPhone & iPad - The Apple Way

Absolutely, iCloud serves as an excellent backup manager and restore assistant, enabling users to quickly restore iPhone and get notes back. Apple's iCloud itself provides two ways for achieving this, by either turning on Notes syncing with iCloud settings or restoring iPhone & iPad.

Way One: Recover Deleted Notes from iCloud

This method is achieved by enabling Notes syncing within iCloud Settings on iPhone (iPad). It's easy enough.

  • First, go to icloud.com on any browser of your choice, sign in iCloud account.
  • Click on Notes app icon and check whether the lost notes are in Recently Deleted folder. If so, move on the next step.
  • On iPhone's Settings, tap [Your Name] > iCloud, then toggle Notes to ON. If it's already in ON position, turn off and turn it back on.

Wait a while, all deleted notes should be back in Notes app on iPhone.

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Way Two: Restore Notes from iCloud Backup

The second option is to restore iCloud backup and get back the deleted notes to iPhone. But there is one thing to be noted: when you restore an iPhone, all the stuff that stored on the device will be replaced by the iCloud backup. This is an all or nothing operation. Also see this article about official way for restoring from iCloud.

  • Grab your iPhone and go to Settings > General > Reset.
  • Tap on Erase All Content and Settings. This will reset the iPhone to the state when it was left the factory.
  • You will be taken to the App & Data screen. From there, choose Restore from iCloud Backup.
  • Sign in to iCloud and proceed to choose from a list of available iCloud backups. Then let the iCloud restoration complete.

That's it. When iCloud restoration is complete, you can navigate to Notes app and view the lost notes on iPhone again.

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