By Lora / Last update April 18, 2022

Can you retrieve notes on iPhone?

Taking notes on paper is quite rare nowadays, instead, people take down some notes or quick thoughts on their phones. IPhone users utilize Notes App to create/save ideas.

But sometimes this App goes wrong. Some users reported that their notes are gone for no reason, some said their notes disappeared after an update, and some just need to recover deleted notes/restore permanently deleted notes.

How can I retrieve the notes that have disappeared from my iPhone?

Today all of my notes are gone. It's insanely important data, ideas, and memories and it seems to have just evaporated.

- Question from iMore

Is it possible to restore notes on iPhone? How to recover notes on iPhone 6, 7, 8, x, 11? The answer is a BIG YES. That’s not a big difficult issue if you could follow the tutorial, in which several feasible and tested methods are given to help users retrieve notes on iPhone.

How to recover notes on iPhone?

Before moving straight to the solutions, you may need to do some beforehand work-to check if your notes are really missing/lost/deleted.

Sometimes the notes are just hidden from you, and you could get access to them by enabling/disabling some options or filters.

Firstly, if you enabled notes stored with your Email account or some third-party tool, please head over to “Settings” > “Mail” > check if you have enabled “Notes”. Then you could go back to Notes App to see if your notes are back now.

If this does not work for you, please move on to the solutions below.

Method 1. Restore notes on iPhone from the Recently Deleted folder

The “Recently Deleted” folder is the first place you need to check when every time you delete something. Just like the Photos App, there is a folder where your deleted stuff is saved. you could also recover deleted photos from recently deleted folder.

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This folder only saves deleted notes for at most 30 days, after that all deleted stuff will be automatically removed from your iPhone.

Step 1. Go to “Notes” > “Recently Deleted” > tap “Menu” in the upper-right corner.

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Step 2. Tap “Select Notes” > “Move To” > move them to a place you like or tap “New Folder” to create a new one.

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By doing so, you could easily restore notes from iPhone.

Method 2. Retrieve notes on iPhone from iCloud backup

How to recover notes on iPhone 6, 7, 8, x, 11? If you couldn’t find any notes you need in the Recently Deleted folder, they might have been removed. Now, to try the second method, please go to check if you have enabled notes sync via iCloud, aka enable “Notes” in “APPS USING ICLOUD”.

Head over to “Settings” > “Your Apple ID” > “iCloud” > “APPS USING ICLOUD”, then check if you have ticked “Notes”.

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Then go to “iCloud” > “iCloud Backup” to see if it is on.

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If you have enabled iCloud Backup, it will automatically back up your iPhone every time your iPhone is connected to WiFi, power, and is locked. So it permits users to recover notes from backup with a high success rate.

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Please make sure you have an available iCloud backup to restore from.
Restoring from an iCloud backup will wipe off your current data on your iPhone, so it is recommended to create a new backup using iTunes or other backup software.
If iCloud cannot restore iPhone from backup, please get help.

Step 1. Go to “General” > “Reset” > “Erase All Content and Settings”.

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Step 2. iPhone restarts > Hello Screen > set up your iPhone > connect to a WLAN network> “Apps & Data” > “Restore from iCloud Backup” > sign in > choose the last backup.

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Step 3. To avoid recovered notes from syncing and becoming missing/lost again, turn your iPhone to airplane mode once the Notes App gets downloaded.

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Step 4. Head over to “Settings” > “Notes” > toggle on “On My iPhone” Account > “Default Account” > tick “On My iPhone”.

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Step 5. Then go to “Notes” > Select Notes > Move All > move your recovered notes to folders under “ON MY IPHONE”.

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Thus you could get notes back on iPhone.

Method 3. Get notes on iPhone back with ease (Also applies to permanently deleted notes)

How to recover notes on iPhone 6, 7, 8, x, 11 effortlessly? Though iCloud sync is useful and convenient, the free storage space it offers is only 5GB. So many users will not choose to enable iCloud backup. Not to mention that restoring from a backup is indeed quite labor-costing and time-consuming.

To save you from bothering, using software is a good choice.

AOMEI Data Recovery for iOS can help users retrieve notes on iPhone in a breeze; what’s more, it can also recover deleted voice memos, photos, videos, and so many types of data that users care about. And with high compatibility, it supports several iOS devices: iPhone, iPad, iPod; all iPhone models, such as  6, 7, 8, x, 11; iOS software from iOS 10.0 and later.

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Tap “Trust” when you see “Trust This Computer?”.
It is preferable to use a lightning cable than a third-part one.

Step 1. Install and run AOMEI Data Recovery Assistant for iOS. Connect your iPhone to your PC.

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Step 2. Click “Scan Now” to start the scanning process.

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Step 3. When finished, you could view all recoverable data in the column. Go to “Notes” and select the notes you want to restore, then click “Recover” to save them on your computer.

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Not only deleted/missing, but it can also restore permanently deleted notes from iPhone. Even if you delete the notes from the Recently Deleted folder, you could utilize this tool to get them back.

Related suggestions

Notes are of vital importance because notes save your thoughts, your ideas for work, your to-do lists, etc. If you are willing to reduce the risk of losing them again, some suggestions are ready for you.

● Before updating your iOS software, create a backup in case you meet iOS update issues and get your notes missing.

● Every time you want to delete something, think twice.

● Please do not carelessly delete notes from the Recently Deleted folder, unless your iPhone is running low storage.

● Back up your important data from time to time; if possible, use more than one method and back up separately.

In this tutorial, solutions to solve the question: “How to recover notes on iPhone?” have been given with details. If you want to save some time and labor, please don’t hesitate to use the trusty software AOMEI Data Recovery for iOS.

And if you need to separately back up your data, you could utilize some third-party tool, like AOMEI MBackupper, the utility “Custom Backup” can help you out.