How to Extract Notes From iPhone Backup on Windows/Mac

Q: “My iPhone 5s was stolen yesterday, I was really upset about it. My iPhone had a lot of notes inside of it, for shopping, appointments etc. Even some of my class notes were in it too. I backed up my data with iTunes before it was stolen, however, it does not offer permission to access the data from the outside. How do I retrieve all my data from my iPhone backup?”

Do you own an iPhone and have you encountered such problem in above question? Do you wish to extract notes from iPhone backup? Well, it is a very common scenario in most Apple forums and other tech forums for people to ask the steps and processes involved with the extraction.

Here we have a specific solution to the extraction problem and it is called iMyFone D-Port.

Tool You'll Need to Extract Notes From iPhone Backup - iMyFone D-Port

iMyFone D-Port iPhone Backup Extractor is a handy utility software that helps in extracting iOS data in a matter of seconds. With lots of powerful functions, the data exporter can do more and better than you imagine. See its key features.

imyfone d-port

iMyFone D-Port iPhone Backup Extractor

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We will introduce 2 ways to extract notes from iPhone backups. Read on and find the better one for your situation.

Steps to preview and extract notes from iTunes backup

1 Choose iTunes backup and scan data in it.

Click the Start button from the visible tab that says "Extract from iTunes backup". You then have an option to even select the types of file that you want to extract from iTunes backup.

choose appropriate iTunes backup

Now you have to choose the exact iTunes backup that includes notes you need. And you have to select "Scan". It typically takes a couple of minutes to scan. Please wait for the scanning to happen.

scan your iTunes backup

2 Previewing and Recovery

The results of the scanning will be displayed and you need to browse through the content accordingly. Preview and select the ones you need. Hit "Export" to choose a folder and all the files extracted by iMyFone D-Port will be stored in that folder.

 Preview notes in iTunes backup

Steps to preview and extract notes from iCloud backup:

1 Login to your iCloud account and download backup file

Click the start tab on the screen after selecting “Extract from iCloud Backup” to select file types and log in your iCloud account.

log in iCloud account

You will find all the backup files in your iCloud account. Choose the iCloud backup that you want the data to extract from. Hit “Next” on the lower corner of the screen and wait for a couple of minutes to download the backup file.

log in to your account

2 Preview and Recovery

After the download is completed, the results will appear on the screen. Choose the ones that you want and select "Export". Browse to the location for all the selected files. Then you’re done.

 Preview notes in iCloud


The steps for extract data on a Mac system are very similar to that of a Windows one. However, do ensure to duplicate and install the iMyFone D-Port in your applications folder rather than just double clicking it on your Macintosh system. The scan will display all the file types that you’ve chosen instead of all files in your Macintosh system.

Now you can download the free trial version of iMyFone D-Port iPhone Backup Extractor to view your notes and other data in iCloud backup!

Windows version Mac version

  • Joe Edens

    I have one iTunes backup three months ago, but my notes were lost after i made the backup, what should I do?

    • iMyfone D-Back can also recover lost notes from iOS device directly, provided that your deleted notes are not overwritten. And you can try the free trial version to detect whether your deleted notes can be found.