5 Fix to iPhone Notes Disappeared After iOS Update [2024]

Do you lose notes on iPhone after updating iOS? Read this passage, you can get 5 ways to solve the issue iPhone notes disappeared after iOS 17/16/15 update.


By Demi / Updated on May 31, 2024

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Most of my notes have disappeared after a recent iOS update. What can I do to recover all of my notes?

- Question from Apple community

Apple releases a new version of iOS frequently so that you can enjoy new functions and improvements, but you may also take the risk of losing data at the same time. For example, many people complained that their iPhone notes disappeared after iOS 17/16 update.

iPhone Notes Logo

Of course, you don’t want to lose any of your notes because notes always contain important information like dates, inspirations, schedules, etc. However, if you are in the unlucky situation that notes missing on iPhone after updating, this passage may help you out.

Part 1. Why did my notes disappear on my iPhone after update?

If you make sure that you didn’t delete them intentionally or accidentally, you may wonder why iPhone notes disappeared after iOS 17/16/15 update. The answer may be either settings changes or system error.

Settings changes. After your iPhone update to a new iPhone, the settings which are related to notes may be changed by default.
System error. It may happen from time to time when you update iPhone. It is unavoidable that a system update will result in problems, especially if the update is interrupted or incomplete.

Part 2. 5 ways to fix lost notes on iPhone after iOS update

There are 5 ways for you to fix iPhone notes disappear after iOS update. You can try them one after another until your lost notes are recovered with one of these ways. If you are in a hurry, you can directly skip to Way 5 to get lost notes back with professional data recovery tool.

Way 1. Restart your iPhone

After your iPhone update finishes, the iPhone may fail to run smoothly as it used to be. Correspondingly, apps like Notes may be unable to work well which results in notes lost. You can check whether your lost notes will come back after restarting your iPhone.

The steps of restarting your iPhone differ from the models of your iPhone. You can follow the steps below to make it.

iPhone 8 or later: Press and quickly release the Volume + button > Press and quickly release the Volume - button > Press the power button until you see the logo of Apple.
iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus: Press both the power button and volume - button for seconds until you see the logo of Apple.
iPhone 6s or earlier: Press both the power button and the Home button for seconds until you see the logo of Apple.

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Way 2. Check Email settings

If you sync notes with a third-party account or email service, like Gmail and Yahoo but delete it later, it can lead to lost notes on iPhone after update. Therefore, you can check Email settings to see if you can recover notes.

Step 1. Go to Settings > Mail (or Mail, Contacts, Calendars) > Tap Account.

Step 2. Toggle on Notes and tap the email account you want to check.

Repeat the steps to check each account you sync notes with.

Check Email Settings

Way 3. Check iCloud sync

If you enable Notes sync in iCloud, chances may be your notes are synced and can come back once you enable notes sync in iCloud again. To enable iCloud sync, you can go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Toggle on Notes.

Notes Sync

It takes some time for iCloud to sync notes. You can go to the Notes app to check whether your notes come back.

Way 4. Restore from iTunes backup

If you are wise enough to backup iPhone before iOS update, you can restore notes from backup, like iTunes backup.

To restore notes from iTunes backup, connect your iPhone to a computer and open iTunes > Click the Device tab > Summary > Restore Backup... > Choose the latest backup and click Restore.

Restore iTunes Backup

Restore iTunes backup cannot restore notes only, it will overwrite the data in your iPhone. Therefore, if you haven’t backed up iPhone for a long time but want to restore it, please backup your iPhone and restore the latest backup.

Way 5. Restore disappeared notes with powerful recovery tool

AOMEI Data Recovery for iOS can help you restore notes on iPhone in a breeze. It is compatible with almost all models of iPhone from iPhone 4 to iPhone 15. With three simple steps, you can get lost notes back. Free download the tool by clicking the icon below to make it. 

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Bonus: How to update iOS without losing notes and other data

It’s a pity if you can’t get all notes back. To prevent such things happen again, I’d like to recommend you the professional backup tool - FoneTool, which can fully backup and restore your iPhone without losing important data and settings with a few steps.

Features and advantages of FoneTool:
✓ Multiple functions. Besides the full backup, many other functions waiting for you. For example, if you buy a new iPhone like iPhone 15, and plan to change your Apple ID, FoneTool helps you change Apple ID without losing data.

✓ Widely compatible. It supports kinds of models of iPhone, iPad, and iPod. It’s also perfectly compatible with kinds of versions of iOS.

✓ Fast backup and transfer speed. If you backup photos selectively with FoneTool, it can finish in few seconds.

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These are 5 ways about how to fix iPhone notes disappeared after iOS 17/16/15 update. Hopefully, you can recover all notes with one of them.

Besides, it is not suggested to update iOS as soon as it releases. If you insist on updating, please make sure you have a full backup of your iPhone. If this passage solves your problem, share it to help more people.

Demi · Editor
Demi is an editor of FoneTool group as well as a good advisor in the area of iOS-related issues. She does well in finding solutions to people's problems. She enjoys traveling, gardening, and watching movies. She spends most of her free time with her pet and family.