4 Targeted ways to Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone (2018 updated)

Summary: Accidentally deleted notes on your iPhone? iPhone notes disappeared because of syncing with iCloud or suffering iPhone notes loss because locked by a forgotten screen password or your iPhone is stolen? Don’t worry. You are not alone. This post will show you the latest targeted solution to recover deleted notes on iPhone.

Last updated on Dec 19th, 2017 by Ian McEwan

Recover deleted notes iphone

With abundant of editing function, such as sketching, adding an attachment, formatting, etc., people make a memorandum, daily schedule, shopping list or mark down the flash of inspiration relying on the handy iPhone Notes App. Once in a while, people will lost some important notes on iPhone. It may not cause direct damage, but is enough to drive you crazy. So, how to recover deleted notes on iPhone?

Don’t Panic!

Here is a Decision Tree for You.

If you are using Upgraded Notes If you are NOT using Upgraded Notes Suitable Way to Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone Complexity Time Consume Time Limited Backup File Overwrite Current Data
Recently Deleted Easy 2Mins 30 Days Unnecessary No
Recovery Software Easy 10Mins No Unnecessary No
iTunes Backup Normal 20Mins-25Mins No Necessary Yes
iCloud Backup Normal 30Mins-45Mins No Necessary Yes

⚠ What is “upgrade notes”? Click to learn more

If You Miss The Deadline of Recovering Notes from The “Recently Deleted” Folder.


If Your iPhone Notes Disappear Because of System Crash, a Failed Restoration, iOS Upgrade, even Disappear For No Reason.

You can jump to Method 2 directly.

Method 1: Recover Deleted Notes from the “Recently Deleted” Folder

If you are using upgraded notes on iPhone, you can recover your notes easily from the “Recently Deleted” Folder within 30 days after you deleted it. Just follow a few steps below.

Step 1.Folder views

Open the Notes App on your iPhone and tap the Back arrow in the upper left corner if you are not in the Folders view.

Step 2.Find the “Recently Deleted” Folder

With different account (like “iCloud”, “On My iPhone”, “Gmail”, etc.), you will have different “Recently Deleted” folder. Check each one until you find the Notes you want to get back.

Step 3.Recover your Deleted notes:

Open the note you want to recover >Tap on the screen>Tap “Recover” on the pop-up window. (Also! you can tap “Edit” in the Recently Deleted folder view> tap “Move All” in the bottom left corner> select the folder to recover to, any account is OK)

Method 2: Recover Deleted Notes with iOS Data Recovery Software.

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  • ✓ Efficient: Just 3 steps to recover with the highest recovery rate in the industry.

Step 1. Download and install dr fone (Try It Free) (Try It Free)

Step 2. Launch the data recovery software and connect your iPhone to the PC with an USB cable

dr.fone Interface

Step 3. Select “Notes &Attachments” on the screen > Click “Start Scan”

Select File Type to Scan

Step 4. During the scanning process, you can click “pause” once you find the notes you want to retrieve by previewing it on the screen. All the result will be listed in categories. Then Click “Recover to computer”.



Method 3: Recover Deleted Notes from iTunes Backup.

If you have recently backup your iPhone to iTunes, you can recover your deleted notes from iTunes backup easily.

Step 1. Launch the program and Select “Recover from iTunes Backup File” from “Recover”.

dr.fone Interface Select Recover

Step 2. Scan the Backup File containing your lost notes.

Recover from iTunes Backup

Step 3. Preview and Recover the item you want to get back.


Method 4: Recover Deleted Notes from iCloud Backup

Step 1. Run the data recovery software and log in iCloud with your Apple ID and password

Sign in iCloud

Step 2. Choose, Selectively Download and Scan the iCloud backup file.

Select an iCloud Backup Scan Choose iCloud File to Download

Step 3. Preview and Recover the Notes you want to recover.

Anylizing iCloud Backup

It's highly recommended that you should back up your iPhone regularly to avoid the same problem or other data Loss problem

If you want to know how to backup your iPhone, you can turn to>>> How to Backup iPhone

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