How to Retrieve Deleted Notes on iPhone? Easy!

Get hassle-free ways to retrieve deleted notes on iPhone. No matter whether you have iTunes or iCloud backups, you could perform iPhone notes recovery easily.


By Lora / Updated on June 5, 2023

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Is it possible to retrieve deleted notes on iPhone?

iOS users usually use the Notes app to write down important details like passwords, thoughts, and to-do lists that you don’t want to forget. With so many notes on the iPhone, it could be a risk that those notes are deleted accidentally sometimes.

If this really happened, you may wonder “is it possible to retrieve deleted notes on iPhone”. The answer is yes. Luckily, you could recover deleted notes on your iPhone easily if you choose the right method. Read this tutorial to get solutions to retrieve deleted notes on iPhone 12/11/Xs/X/8/8p/7/6s.

Three ways to retrieve deleted notes on iPhone

Once you deleted the note from the app, Apple would put it in the recently deleted folder for as long as 30 days. You could recover the deleted notes on iPhone which were deleted in the last month.

If the time is out, you could only restore the deleted iPhone notes from backup or use third-party iPhone data recovery software.

Solution 1. Restore iPhone notes from the recently deleted folder

Apple saves recently deleted notes for 30 days. That means that if you accidentally deleted an important note in the last month, you could recover it from this folder directly. Follow the detailed steps to restore deleted notes.

Step 1. Open the Note app on your iPhone and tap the back arrow in the top-left corner to check the note folders.

Step 2. Scroll down to find the “Recently Deleted” folder. In this folder, you could see all the notes you have deleted but not permanently deleted on your iPhone.

Step 3. Find the deleted note you want to recover and swipe left to tap the folder icon, and then you could put the note in another folder. Or you tap “Edit” in the top-right corner and choose notes and then tap “Move” to recover notes to other folders.


Solution 2. Retrieve iPhone notes with backup files

If you have made an iPhone backup via iTunes or iCloud, you could recover deleted notes without any hassle. However, this method could fail if you have opened iCloud syncing. Because iTunes and iCloud backup could not include the app and data synced with iCloud.

Please make sure you have never turned on iCloud syncing before using iTunes backup.


Some iOS users said notes could be included both in iCloud backup and iCloud syncing files. Although you have turned on iCloud syncing, you could find your notes back by cutting off the network to stop syncing after restoring the iPhone from iCloud backup.

The method will make the existing iPhone data covered by the backup files. It’s suggested to make a backup before using this way via iTunes/iCloud or a free iPhone backup tool-FoneTool.

Recover deleted notes on iPhone from iTunes backup

Step 1. Launch iTunes on the computer you have made iPhone backup.

Step 2. Connect your iPhone with the computer and click the device icon.

Step 3. Go to “Summary” >” Backups” and click “Restore Backup”.


Step 4. Choose the iTunes backup in the popup window and wait for the restore process to finish.


Recover deleted notes on iPhone from iCloud backup

Step 1. Erase all existing iPhone data by tapping “Settings” > “General” > “Transfer or Reset iPhone” > “Erase All Content and Settings”.


Step 2. Your iPhone will restart automatically. Choose “Restore from iCloud backup” when setting the “Apps & Data”. The restoring time depends on the size of the iCloud backup and the network speed.


Solution 3. Retrieve iPhone notes without backup

If you couldn’t find deleted notes in the Recently Deleted folder or you haven’t made any backup before, it means the notes have been permanently deleted on your iPhone. In this case, MyRecover for iOS could be your best choice to restore deleted notes in iPhone. With simple clicks, you could recover the permanently deleted notes on your iPhone.

Step 1. Download MyRecover for iOS and install it on your Windows computer. Connect your iPhone and the computer.

Step 2. Authorize the computer by tapping the pop-up on your iPhone to trust. The software will identify your iPhone automatically. Click “Scan Now”, the iPhone data would be scanned in a short time.


Step 3. After the scanning completes, you could select “Notes” on the left panel and check all deleted notes on iPhone. Click “Recover” on the top-right corner if you want to retrieve the deleted notes.


The bottom line

With the three methods above you could solve the problem “how to retrieve deleted notes on iPhone” effortlessly. Among those solutions, the most recommended one is MyRecover for iOS, because it doesn’t need any backup or make existing iPhone data be covered by backup files.

However, if you permanently deleted notes for a long time, there is little hope to find them back even the best iPhone data recovery software. Therefore, it’s encouraged to make regular iPhone backup via iTunes, iCloud, or FoneTool in daily life.

Lora · Editor
Lora is an editor of AOMEI Technology. She is also a tester and editor of AOMEI Data Recovery Tools. -- "Keep testing, write the most useful tutorials for helping people recover the lost data for Windows and phones" is the most meaningful thing for her. Dedicated to creating helpful tutorials, she hopes her tutorial can assist users to effortlessly solve data loss problems on their personal computers and mobile phones.