Accidentally Deleted Notes on iPhone? How to Get Them Back

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Notes have greatly improved the way we capture a quick thought, create checklists and more. What has however upset the users is the fact that just like any other type of data, it is very easy to lose notes. They can be lost through accidental deletion or other reasons that is completely out of your hands.

This is why backing up your notes is very important. But there are times you may accidentally delete or lose the note before you can back it up. If this sounds like your predicament, this article will be of great help to you. Keep reading and find out how to recover accidentally deleted notes on iPhone.

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What to Do When You Accidentally Deleted the Notes

There are a few things you can do immediately when realizing the notes are missing. These will greatly improve the chance of data recovery.

1. Check Recently Deleted Folder

If you are using iOS 12/11, you will find the Notes app is upgraded and added with a folder called Recently Deleted, which allows you recovering notes deleted in the last 30 days. After 30 days, your notes will be permanently removed from iPhone. Steps to check recently deleted notes are given below.

  • Open Notes app and find Recently Delete folder.
  • Tap Edit on the top righter corner.
  • Select the notes you want to recover.
  • Tap Move To option.
  • Then select the folder on your iPhone.

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2. Check Whether You Have Backup Files

Next, check whether the notes have been backed up either on iTunes or iCloud. If they are, you can simply restore the backup to get the deleted notes back. However, the biggest problem is that you cannot view and access iTunes/iCloud backup. If the notes you need are not included in the backup file, you will also lose the data created since last backup. Therefore it's recommended to extract notes from backup first and later restore.

3. Stop Using Your iPhone if There is no Backup

If you don't have available backups, there is only one option left - recover notes directly from iPhone. Someone may wonder, "Can I get back the deleted notes on iPhone without iTunes/iCloud"? This may sound like crazy but the truth is YES.

When you delete data on iPhone, no matter notes, photos or something else, they won't disappear immediately. Instead, they are stored in the category called "Unallocated. Only when you create new files and use the space from "Unallocated", these files will be overwritten and removed. Therefore you should stop using your iPhone immediately to avoid permanent loss. After that, you can use some third party tool to search the database and find the deleted notes.

How to Get Back Accidentally Deleted iPhone Notes

If the notes are not found in Recently Deleted folder, and what's worse, there is no backup at all, you don't have to worry. As we've discussed above, it's possible to get back deleted data without using backup file. Here we will introduce the best iPhone data recovery tool called iMyFone D-Back to help you out. This software is widely-used for the following features.

  • Regardless of how and when notes got deleted in the first place, iMyFone D-Back can recover them.
  • Highest data recovery rate in the market.
  • The free trial allows scanning and previewing found data.
  • It is very easy to use, 100% safe and compatible with all iOS devices.
  • You can either recover data from the iPhone, from an iTunes backup file or from an iCloud backup file.
  • It's recommended by Cult of Mac, 9To5Mac, Tech Advisor, PCWorld and more.

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Here's how easy it is to recover Notes using iMyfone D-Back. Begin by installing the program to your computer and then select one of the following recovery modes.

1. Recover Notes Directly from iPhone without Backup

You can recover the Notes directly from the device, if they are not available in any of your iTunes or iCloud Backup files. Follow these very simple steps to do it.

Step 1.Launch the program and then select "Recover from iOS device" tab before clicking on "Start."

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Step 2.Connect your device and click "Next". This will open a window where you can select the type of data you want to recover. Choose "Notes" under "Memo & Others" and then click "Next" to continue. You will then be requested to connect the iPhone to the computer.

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Step 3.Click "Scan" when the program detects the iPhone and wait for the scanning process to be completed. Once it is done, select the Notes from the results in the next window and click on "Recover."

select the Notes from the results

2. Extract Notes from iTunes Backup Files

If you are not sure whether iTunes backup contains the deleted notes, or you don't want to perform a full restore, you can use iMyFone D-Back to extract the backup files and recover notes. Follow these simple steps to do it:

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Step 1.Choose "Recover from iTunes Backup" in the main window and click "Start."

Choose Recover from iTunes Backup

Step 2.Select a iTunes backup and click "Next". In the next window, select "Notes" to scan.

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Step 3.After scanning, the recovered Notes should be listed in the next window. Select and preview the Notes you want to recover and then click "Recover."

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3. Extract Notes from iCloud Backup Files

Likewise, you can use iMyFone D-Back to recover notes from iCloud backup file.

Step 1.Begin by choosing "Recover from iCloud Backup" in the main window and click "Start".

choose Recover from iCloud Backup

Step 2.In the next window, sign in to your iCloud account with your Apple ID and password. This will allow the program to access the backup files on your iCloud account. Select the one containing the deleted Notes and click "Next." And on next windows, select Notes from file types provided. The program will begin scanning the backup file for the missing Notes.

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Step 3.When the scan is complete, preview and select the missing Notes and click "Recover" to get them back.

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Final Words

You should now fully understand how to recover accidently deleted notes from iPhone. Ideally, you can recover from Recently Deleted folder or from backups. However, if both failed, the best choice is iMyFone D-Back. The free trial is now available and you can use it scan and find deleted data.

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