iPhone Notes Disappeared? Here Are 4 Ways to Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone

Hi, i´m using notes application on the ipad and i make a mistake deleting, i want to know if i can recover notes on iPhone using some procedure or instruction?

The built-in Notes app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch brings the great convenience to our life. You can record every important or precious moment of your life by typing it out or hand-drawn sketches on the Note. 

Anything unexpected may happen. It is reported that “iPhone notes missing” is one of the most common problem that users may suffer. Perhaps you have no any idea why your notes get lost, in this regard, this post briefly outlines the reasons why notes on iPhone disappear and offers practical and some free ways to recover deleted notes on iPhone 11, 11 Pro, XS, XS Max, XR, X, iPhone 8(Plus), iPhone 7 (Plus), etc. 

Part 1. Common Reasons Why iPhone Notes Disappeared

Here are the most common reasons that users may lose their notes from iPhone/iPad/iPod touch: 

  • Note app is deleted or lost by accident without noticing.
  • Notes get lost due to iOS upgrade or jailbreak.
  • The email address that tied with notes has been changed or having trouble connecting to email account.

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Part 2. Recover Recently Deleted Notes from ‘Recent Deleted’ Folder

If you don’t choose to remove the deleted notes permanently, the deleted notes will be saved on the ‘Recent Deleted’ Folder for 30 days, so that you can recover and edit your deleted notes on your iPhone or on icloud.com. The precondition is that you need to with the same Apple ID. Here is how to restore deleted notes on iPhone from ‘Recent Deleted’ Folder.

Step 1. Click Notes app to open it up on your iPhone.

Step 2. Find the back arrow button on the top left corner, then click it to check the notes folders.

Step 3. Select “Recently Deleted” folder (If you don’t view any notes on the deleted folder, it means that the notes may be deleted permanently.)

Step 4. Click on ‘Edit’ option and choose the notes that you want to recover, then select ‘Move to’ the note folder you want to save the deleted notes.

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Part 3. Recover Your Notes from iPhone Settings

If you have enabled notes backup on iCloud from iPhone settings, you’ll find that deleted notes will be saved in Recently Deleted folder on the left for 30 days. 

Step 1. Select Recently Deleted folder on the left to find recoverable notes. If you don’t see any folder list on the left, it means that you are not using upgraded notes or you have permanently removed recent deleted notes. Choose one or more notes that you want to recover in the toolbar and move it to the notes folder. 

Step 2. Go to Settings > Mail, Contact, Calendars > Gmail (or other Email) to enable Notes and all the deleted notes will be back. 

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Part 4. Restore Your iPhone from iTunes/iCloud backup

Restore from iCloud backup: If you already backed up your iPhone with iCloud, go to Settings > General > Erase All Content and Settings to restore your iPhone to factory settings. Then turn on the iPhone and choose “Restore from iCloud Backup” and it might be an hour to complete the restoring all the data, including notes to your iPhone. 

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Restore from iTunes backup: Make sure that you have the latest iTunes installed on PC, launch it and connect your device to the computer. Select the device when it is detected by iTunes and click “Restore” to restore your iPhone to factory settings. 

restore from itunes backup

Note: Obvious, this would be inconvenient to restore from iTunes/iCloud backup, as the previous backup files will be overwritten and you are not allowed to restore only notes on your iPhone. 

Part 5. Recover disappeared iPhone notes without Backup

If you still fail to recover deleted notes on iPhone after trying the ways mentioned above, or if you have no any backups of your iPhone when you found the notes get disappeared, it doesn’t mean that you’ll lose them permanently. You can have a great chance to find them via FoneGeek iPhone Note Recovery, or other iOS data recovery tools, which are developed to recover not only notes, but also contacts, messages, WhatsApp messages, photos, videos , etc and save them on computer or get them back to the device.

Steps on How to Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone;

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to computer, download and run this recovery tool on your computer. 


Step 2. On the interface, you can find 3 recovery modes provided. Select 'Recover from an iOS Device' and connect your iOS device to computer via an USB cable. 

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Step 3. The software will scan the selected files automatically after the successful connection. After the scan, the program will list the deleted files and existing files. Preview and choose the data you want to recover, then click To Device or To Computer button to selectively save the recovered data on computer. 

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We hope that you have retrieved deleted iPhone notes smoothly when you read this post. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages, you can choose one to try as what you need. It is worthy to note that no any iPhone data recovery tools can guarantee the 100% success rate of recovery, thus it is of great importance to regularly make a backup of iPhone data. We’ll appreciate a lot if you could share your opinions with us. 


By Joan J. Mims

Posted on Apr 04, 2018, 18:02:36

Joan J. Mims is interested in researching all tips about iPhone, iPad and Android. He loves to share useful ideas with all users.