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How to Download Notes from iPhone (2021)

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Brandon Eldred

May 3, 2018 (Updated: July 13, 2020锛

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If I have been using the notes app to write down things to remember, how to download notes form iPhone? --from User Allen

One of the most underused iOS apps is Notes. It can be used to write down shopping lists, deadlines, and even to type your school notes. The more you use this app, the more important it is for you to take a backup. Making a backup聽will reduce the risk of unexpected data loss. Meanwhile聽if you aren鈥檛 sure how to download notes form iPhone, we鈥檒l show you how聽to make it.

Recommended: Download Notes from iPhone to PC/Mac

Our recommendation is that you can use iMyFone D-Port to download notes from iPhone. Some of this program鈥檚 features are:

  • Access all of your backups from iTunes and iCloud.
  • Back up your device鈥檚 data fully or selectively.
  • Export data from an iOS backup without restoring it.
  • Preview data stored in your iTunes聽backup file.
  • Try for free before purchasing.

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This is聽regarded as聽the most effective way to download notes from iPhone. Regardless of whether you鈥檙e on PC or Mac, this will help聽you take a notes backup.

Download Notes from iPhone Directly

For this first solution, we鈥檒l show you how to download notes from iPhone to PC/Mac directly. Before starting, connect your device to computer with USB cable.

    1. Click on 鈥淏ack Up & Export from Device鈥 on the left menu and select 鈥淓xport Data鈥.

export data from iOS device

    1. Choose the 鈥淣otes鈥 data type. Click 鈥淣ext鈥 to proceed.

Choose the data type(s)

    1. Your iPhone will be scanned and afterwards, select the specific notes that you want to download, click 鈥淓xport鈥 and choose a location聽to save them.

preview and export iphone notes

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Download Notes from iTunes Backup

If you want to access notes that are stored in your聽iTunes file, this solution is for you.

    1. On the sidebar click 鈥淓xtract Data from Backup鈥 and choose an iTunes backup from the list shown.

Select iTunes backup to scan

    1. Next, check the box next to 鈥淣otes鈥 and click on the 鈥淣ext鈥 button. The chosen backup will now be scanned.

choose data type

    1. After the scan is finished, go through the note files and choose whichever ones you want to download. Simply click 鈥淓xport鈥 and save them in an accessible聽place.

preview notes in iTunes backup

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Download Notes from iCloud Backup

Using iMyFone D-Port you can also learn how to download聽notes from聽iCloud聽backup. Follow our guide below.

    1. Select 鈥淓xtract Data from Backup鈥 and click 鈥淒ownload iCloud Backup鈥. Sign into your iCloud account.

Recover from iCloud Backup

    1. Choose the iCloud backup you want to download notes from and on the next menu, choose 鈥淣otes鈥 then click on 鈥淣ext鈥.

choose data type

    1. Simply choose any of the notes that you want to download, click 鈥淓xtract鈥, and click on a folder you want them to be stored in.

Select the notes from iCloud backup

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Alternative: Transfer Notes from iPhone to Gmail/iCloud

While we recommend iMyFone D-Port, there are a few alternative solutions. We鈥檝e detailed the most popular alternatives below.

How to Transfer Notes from iPhone to Gmail

The first alternative option is to transfer notes from iPhone to Gmail, which you can do using these steps.

  1. Unlock your iPhone and follow 鈥淪ettings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Add Account鈥, and tap on 鈥淕mail鈥.
  2. Enter your Google account information.
  3. After your account has synced, enable 鈥淣otes鈥 and from then on, your iPhone notes will be automatically transferred to Gmail.


How to Transfer Notes from iPhone to iCloud

Next up, if you want to use iCloud to keep your notes backed up and safe, the following steps will help you to do so.

  1. Open your iPhone and go to 鈥淪ettings鈥.
  2. Scroll down and tap on 鈥渋Cloud鈥. If you don鈥檛 already have your iCloud signed in, then sign in now.
  3. Enable the 鈥淣otes鈥 option. All of your notes will now be uploaded to聽iCloud.
  4. Then you can access your notes from the internet by entering your iCloud logging information.


Less Helpful: How to Email Notes from iPhone

The final alternative solution that you can try is to email notes from iPhone to your computer. We do not recommend this as you have to go through each note individually and email it.

  1. Go to 鈥淣otes鈥 and tap on one of the notes that you have saved.
  2. Tap the share icon at the bottom of the display and then on 鈥淢ail鈥.
  3. An email window will appear. Enter your email address, tap send, and you can view it on your email account.


Tip: Make A聽Full Backup of Your iPhone without iTunes/iCloud

iMyFone D-Port is a fantastic iTunes/iCloud聽alternative and goes as far as allowing you to take a full backup of your iPhone. Take a look at the free version and try creating a full backup of your iPhone. To help you out, here鈥檚 how to take a backup.

    1. Connect your iPhone using a lightning cable.
    2. Click on 鈥淏ack Up & Export from Device鈥 followed by 鈥淢ake a Full Backup鈥.

Make a Full Backup

    1. Click 鈥淏ack Up鈥 at the bottom-right and after a minute聽it鈥檒l be complete.

back up all data of your device

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It鈥檚 worth mentioning that if you want to restore backup to your iPhone (or any other iOS device for that matter), then you聽can聽update聽D-Port聽to D-Port Pro. With iMyFone D-Port Pro, you will get access to more features and it鈥檚 worth looking into.

To Conclude

Now that you will know how to download notes from iPhone.聽That means you are able to take backups and prevent any of them from being lost. Whether you store them on Gmail, iCloud or on your computer, as long as there is a copy available then it doesn鈥檛 matter. Feel free to let us know in the comments below which method you find the most useful or if you have any feedback for聽our guide!

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