By Lora / Last update June 9, 2022

“Help! How do I recover deleted notes on iPad?”

Some users tend to use Notes App on iPad because a bigger screen offers a better experience; and also, a big screen is more convenient for users to use Apple Pencil to take notes.

After creating a bunch of notes on your iPad, you must be much more careful to deal with your notes, otherwise, they are prone to be deleted accidentally. How to recover deleted notes on iPad? It’s not a rare question to Notes App users.

My mom accidentally deleted a Notes file on her iPad mini. The iPad was not backed up on the cloud, and was not set to synchronize with any other devices. She hasn't used the device very much since the file was deleted, which gives me some hope.Does anyone have any suggestions?

- Question from iPadFORUMS

Even if you deleted them on purpose, there is a great chance that you still need your notes after you have trashed them. So now the point is to figure out is it possible to undelete notes on iPad.

Can you recover deleted notes on iPad?

Users may wonder is there any chance to recover those notes just like to recover deleted notes on iPhone. And, definitely, the answer is yes, but with prerequisites.

Firstly, if you just trashed them, you could recover them effortlessly from the Recently Deleted folder, here please refer to the Quick trick below.

Secondly, if you somehow deleted them in that folder once again, or your deleted notes exceeded 30 days, you have to rely on your backup, or seek help from software.

Furthermore, if your iPhone's storage is running low, you’d better activate airplane mode. Because if there isn't enough room on your iPhone, your data is pretty likely to be overwritten by fresh data.

Then, how to recover deleted notes on iPad? Please move on to the next part.

How to recover deleted notes on iPad?

To help you out, several feasible methods are ready for you. In case you are new to iDevice/you don’t know much about iPad, before giving the methods, a quick trick is offered.

Quick trick: get notes back from the Recently Deleted folder.

Just like Windows or Mac, there is a folder named “Recycle Bin” or “Trash”. It is used to temporarily save your deleted stuff in case one day you will need it.

Then how to retrieve notes from trash on iPad? The quick trick is given below.

This folder saves your deleted notes for at most 30 days. Notes deleted exceeding 30 days will be automatically removed from your iPhone, that is to say, you have to recover permanently deleted notes on iPhone/iPad.

Step 1. Start “Notes” > go back to “Folders” > “Recently Deleted”.


Step 2. Click “Edit” > select notes you need > “Move”.


Step 3. Then select a folder you like, or you could create a new folder to save them.


Method 1. Retrieve deleted notes on iPad from backup

Just as stated above, if your notes are permanently deleted, you have to recover them from backups. Here we take iCloud backup as an example. To restore iPad notes from iCloud backup, you must have enabled “Notes” in “APPS USING ICLOUD”.

If you don’t know whether it is on, go to “Settings” > “Apple ID” > “iCloud” > “APPS USING ICLOUD”.


If you want to restore iPhone backup to your iPad, some types of data and some incompatible apps cannot be transferred, for instance, voice memos, messages, etc.
To restore a backup, you will lose the data created after the backup was made, so please make a backup (using iTunes or backup software) before restoring.
If you cannot restore from an iCloud backup, please seek help.

Step 1. Go to “Settings” > “General” > “Reset”.


Step 2. Tap “Erase All Content and Settings” > input your passcode.


Step 3. Set up iPad > “Restore from iCloud Backup” > sign in to your iCloud account > choose the latest backup.


Step 4. To avoid notes syncing and disappearing again, please enable airplane mode the very moment that the notes are successfully installed. Then go to “Settings” > “Notes” > enable “On My iPad” account.


Step 5. Then go to “Default account”.


Step 6. Choose “On My iPad”.


And after that, head over to your Notes App, copy all your needed notes, and save them to a folder under “On My iPad”. Thus, all the deleted notes are recovered.

Method 2. Restore deleted notes on iPad without backup

The conditions required to restore iPad notes from an iCloud backup are pretty strict. Enough iCloud space, an available iCloud backup, and turning on airplane mode as soon as possible…that’s quite troublesome, to be honest.

Some users may wonder how to recover deleted notes on iPad effortlessly?

Lucky enough! There is a good iDevice data recovery tool available now to save you from the labor-costing operation. MyRecover for iOS supports to recover notes, photos, videos, voice memos, contacts, WeChat chat history, etc.

Using this tool, you could retrieve deleted data on iPhone/iPad/iPod and other iDevices hassle-free!

The scan duration depends on the size of your iPhone data.

Step 1. Down load and install MyRecover for iOS, enjoy a free trial first

Download Software iOS 10 and later
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Step 2. Connect your iPad to Windows, click “Scan Now”.


Step 3. All recoverable data will be listed. Go to “Notes” and select the notes you need, then click “Recover”.


Now all your deleted notes on iPad will be successfully recovered.

To sum up

The question of how to recover deleted notes on iPad has been well settled with an official method and a good software recommendation. MyRecover for iOS could be a good helper when you accidentally delete notes on iPhone/iPad.

To tell the truth, backups are always reliable. It is sagacious for all users to back up their notes or other types of data in different places and manners.

In addition, important data is better to be backed up separately. For instance, you could utilize FoneTool to store your data flexibly. “Photos Backup” and “Custom Backup” could satisfy your specific needs.