How to Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone

By Emily Watson, Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014

We keep our daily life in a planned way by taking notes.We use the Notes app on iPhone to create lists, record ideas, compose reminders and even more. Unfortunately, "I deleted my notes on my iPhone 5s by mistake. Without it, my life was in a mess".

When you accidentally delete a note, the first thing you should do is to check the "Recently Deleted" folder on the Notes app. The folder includes notes that were deleted in 30 days.

Recover Note from Recently Deleted

Open the Notes app on iPhone, tap on "Recently Deleted" folder and find the notes you want to get back. Then tap on "Edit", tick the notes and choose "Move To". Choose the targeted folder and the deleted notes will be recovered.

If you couldn't find the notes in "Recently Deleted folder or your notes were missing after a update or reset, then you can try to recover the notes with a useful recovery tool - FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery, which enables you to recover deleted notes on iPhone X/8/8 Plus/7/7 Plus/SE/6s Plus/6s/6 Plus/6/5s/5c/5, iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPod touch. Here, you are given two ways to restore your deleted notes as well as a userful trick to encrypt private notes:

You can get a trial version of iPhone Data Recovery downloaded here and have a try under the instructions below.

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Part 1: Retrieve Deleted Notes from iTunes Backup Files

Step 1: Choose the "Recover from iTunes Backup File" option

Launch the program and choose the "Recover from iTunes Backup File" option on the left side.

Tip: You need to have made iTunes backups before in order to use the method.

Option of Recovering from iTunes Backups

Step 2: Scan and preview notes

Select a backup file that you want to extract and click "Start Scan". The scanning process will be finished in a few seconds. And then, you can choose "Notes" in the left sidebar, preview them one by one, and select those notes you want back at last.

Scan iTunes Backup Files Quickly

Step 3: Retrieve deleted notes from backup

Choose any item you want and get back your lost notes to your computer through the button of "Recover". Please note that the recovered notes will be save in a HTML file on your computer but not in your iPhone.

Restore Deleted Notes from iTunes Backups

Part 2: Recover Deleted Notes form iPhone Directly

Step 1: Connect iPhone to the computer

If you don't have a backup, please connect your iPhone to the computer and run iPhone Data Recovery to scan the deleted notes directly.

Choose Recover from iOS Device Directly

Step 2: Click "Start Scan"

The program will start to scan your iPhone for the deleted notes by clicking "Start Scan" button.

Start Scanning iPhone with Ease

Step 3: Preview and recover your iPhone notes

After scanning, all your iPhone data will be listed orderly. You are allowed to preview them one by one, which includes notes, contacts, music, photos, bookmarks and more. You can choose "Notes" only for previewing to save time. At last, click "Recover" button at the right corner of the bottom to get iPhone notes back on computer.

Preview and Recover Notes from iPhone

iPhone Data Recovery also support to restore iPhone data from iCloud backups with Apple ID. It can extract not only your notes, but contacts, text messages, pictures, movies, bookmarks, calendar, call history, and so on.

Trick: Encrypt and Restore Notes on iPhone

You can encrypt important notes on your iPhone to avoid your information being revealed to others.

  • Open "Notes" on iPhone, choose the note you want to encrypted;

  • Tap on the share button on the top right corner;

  •  Choose "Lock Note". If you have not set up password in "Settings" > "Notes", you'll be asked to set up a new password.

  • If the password has been added, you'll need to enter the password and click the lock icon, then your note will be locked.

Tip: You can skip the password entering step in the second time when you encrypt multiple notes in a row.

Encrypt iPhone Note

To restore the locked notes, you may:

  • Tap on the note and choose "View Note";

  • Enter your passcode and the note can be viewd.

Tip: If you turn on "Use Touch ID" on "Settings" > "Notes", you may restore the locked note with fingerprint.

Use Fingerprint to Restore Note


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  • taylahjoyce

    Hi there, I have retrieved my note i needed but how to i get it back onto my phone?

    2014-10-31 02:56