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Notes disappeared from iPhone? Recover notes now! [5 ways]

face Alex Griffith Updated on Apr 14, 2022 6:53 PM

I have an iPhone XS, I noticed that some of my most recent notes have gone missing from Notes app. Tried to restart my phone and did not recover the files. So How do I find or restore my lost notes? There's no recently deleted notes folder on my iPhone. Can I restore from an Cloud recent backup or somewhere? If so, how do I do these things?

The pre-installed Notes app on your iPhone is one of the most useful app, which makes it easy to keep accurate records of important things such as to-do list, itinerary for the next trip or meeting agenda. However, notes can sometimes slip away from the iPhone.

Accidentally deleted years' worth of notes on iPhone? Or changed a mail account and left your iPhone notes disappeared, or even deleted Notes app by mistake and lose all your notes? I understand how frustrating it can be, but don't fret. For this roundup, we tested how effectively 5 ways recover notes on iPhone, no matter you have them backed up before or not.

Now, we'll guide you step-by-step through each method.

Option 1: Restore recently deleted notes

iPhone includes a folder for recently deleted notes. When you delete a note recently, it just stays in the Recently Deleted album for up to 30 days. You can still view and recover the note before it's removed permanently. This is the simplest way of getting deleted notes back to iPhone.

  • Open the Notes app on iPhone.
  • Tap the < arrow in the upper left corner to view your notes folders.
  • Select Recently Deleted in the folder list.
  • Tap Edit in the upper-right corner
  • Tap the note you want to restore.
  • Tap on Move To... and select the folder you want to move it to.

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Tip: If you use another service like Yahoo or Gmail rather than iCloud to keep your notes, check the Trash folder of that account in the Mail app on your iPhone.

Alternatively, you can recover notes that you deleted in the last 30 days on iPhone from iCloud.com with the same Apple ID.

  • In Notes on iCloud.com, select Recently Deleted on the left.
  • Select a note, then click Recover in the toolbar.

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Note that if you delete a shared note that you do not own, you won't find and recover it from Recently Deleted folder though. For more information, check links below.

Option 2: Recover deleted notes from iPhone memory (without backup)

If you can't find notes in the recently deleted folder, then probably your notes has been erased permanently from the iPhone. Well fear not, it's not an end of the world. There is still a chance of recovering deleted notes from iPhone something like iOS Data Recovery.

The program scans your iPhone internal memory deeply and thoroughly to track down all recoverable notes and export to a readable HTML file on your computer. It also provides users with another two recovery modes to restore files from iTunes (Finder) and iCloud backup if you made before. More than that, it gives the flexibility to access the content — you can preview the notes that are missing and selectively recover what you want.

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Let's get started and see how well it works on recovering the lost notes on iPhone.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to computer and run the program

Start up the program and choose which modes you want to restore iPhone notes through on the interface. In this case, choose "Recover from iOS Device" mode, and connect your iPhone to computer.

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Step 2: Select "Notes" file type to scan

Go ahead and select "Notes" option in the next window, then click the Scan button to begin scanning your iPhone completely.

When the scan is finished, you will get an overview window with all notes it found.

Step 3: Preview lost notes

In this stage, you can click the Notes category under "Memos & Others" section to have a preview of your lost or deleted notes in detail, including title, date and contents.

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Step 4: Recover notes and save on computer

Now, select the note files you wish to get back and click the Recover button on the lower right corner. In the pop-up dialog, you'll want to designate a path on computer for saving the recovered notes.

Click the Recover button again to let the program do the rest things. Within a few seconds, your lost notes will get back and save in HTML file that you then can read and print on computer.

That's it! This method even works if your iPhone contacts are lost or deleted by accidently.

Option 3: Restore notes from iCloud on iPhone

This only helps if you've back up your iPhone to iCloud before the notes disappeared. If that's the case, your lost notes should be kept in iCloud and you're able to restore them without any hassle.

The whole process is pretty easy and quick. Here's how you can recover deleted notes from iCloud.

  • Go to Settings > [Your Name] > iCloud > Notes.
  • Turn the Notes switch to OFF.
  • Select Delete on My iPhone when prompts.
  • Turn on Notes again.

Wait a while, you should see the deleted notes get back on iPhone.

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Option 4: Recover notes from an iTunes backup

If you don't see your deleted notes on iCloud, do you have an iTunes backup of your iPhone? If so, you may be able to recover your lost iPhone notes that way.

Here's how to get iPhone notes recovery by restoring from iTunes backup.

  • Launch iTunes and connect iPhone to computer.
  • Click on your iPhone icon in the top left corner of the window
  • In Summary section, select Restore Backup.
  • Choose a backup you want to restore notes from.
  • Click Restore.

To restore notes from backup using Finder on Mac with macOS Catalina 10.15 or above.

  • Open Finder on your Mac.
  • Click the iPhone icon the left list.
  • Click Restore Backup.
  • Select the most relevant backup from the list.
  • Click Restore.

Wait for iTunes/ Finder to restore the backup. When it done, your notes should reappear on Notes app. Note that this reverts everything on iPhone to the moment of the backup was taken. So be sure to save any more recent stuff prior to recovering.

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[Also See: BEST IPHONE DATA RECOVERY PROGRAMS]

Option 5: Check your email accounts that you had but removed

This is not a solid solution that works, but you can give it a try because many of the accounts have notes synced like Google, Yahoo, Outlook. If you have ever used these email account to setup your iPhone but then lost your notes after removing that account, your notes might be not deleted, but just disappeared.

All you have to do is re-sign in to that email account and have Notes option enabled.

  • Go to Settings and tap Accounts & Passwords.
  • Tap on Gmail (or Yahoo, Outlook and other cloud servers) and slide Notes on.

Once done, open Notes app and see if the missing notes reappear.

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Important! You can also log into your email account online and check if the lost notes were there. In Yahoo, there is a Notes folder; in Gmail, you may check All Mail or Trash folder.

Lost Notes icon on screen? Get it back

First of all, if you find your Notes app icon disappeared, you should check all screens and folders carefully, or use Spotlight to search for it.

If you're sure that you accidentally deleted the Notes app from iPhone, you can go to App Store and re-download it. You then simply toggle on Notes option on iCloud to restore all your notes.

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