How to Recover Notes from iCloud (iOS 13/12/12.1 Included)

Apple provides a simple solution for its users to backup their devices wirelessly. Apple's iCloud is a cloud-based service that stores information uploaded by users from their iPhone or iPad. You can backup purchased history from music, movies, apps, TV shows, photos and videos from the camera roll, iOS settings, home screen icon layout and folders, ringtones, messages, etc. Nonetheless, iCloud is incapable of backing up already stored content such as bookmarks, contacts, reminders, notes as well.

If you deleted some important notes, you may have 3 possible ways to get them back. One is to check the "recently deleted" folder in The second one is to restore your iCloud backup. The last but not the least is to use a professional iPhone data recovery to recover deleted notes from iCloud easily.

3 Ways to Recover Deleted Notes from iCloud

Way #1: Recover Notes from iCloud Using 3rd-Party Tool

  • Although iCloud can back up notes on your device, there is no way to preview or access them when you restore the backup.
  • Restoring from iCloud will replace all the existing data on your device.
  • If you don't have a backup or you have confirmed the data you need is not in the backup, you need a tool like D-Back to recover directly from the iPhone or to view your iCloud backup.

We, therefore, recommend that you don't restore the full back up to your iPhone since you risk losing all current data on your device. The preview option of D-Back enables you to view important files that you wish to recover to a computer. iMyFone D-Back functions efficiently in the recovery of data from iCloud backup in simple steps.

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Key Features:

  • It allows you to view your notes within iCloud backups before recovering.
  • There is no data loss via using it to recover notes from iCloud.
  • There is no storage limitation.
  • You can selectively choose the notes you need to recover.
  • It even recognizes third-party obligations, making it easy for the user to retrieve by selecting over 18 different file formats.
  • Compatible with iPhone 11/ XR/XS Max/XS/X/8/7/6s/5s/4 running iOS 7/8/9/10/11/12/13.

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Step 1. Download and Install The Program

Visit the iMyFone D-Back site to download the trial version of Windows PC or Mac. After installation, launch the program. From the primary interface, choose "Recover from iCloud Backup" feature from the left pane.

choose Recover from iCloud Backup feature

Step 2. Choose The File Type from List

Press the start button to select the file format that you wish to retrieve from the next screen. Choose "Notes" and then "Next".

select the file format

Step 3. Sign in to Your iCloud Account

Sign in to your iCloud account.

enter iCloud account details

Step 4. Choose An Relevant iCloud Backup File

It is important to allow the program to access your iCloud account to search for available backup files. Once you log into the account, iMyFone D-Back will scan for available backup files and lists them in order. You will also see the file size along with the date of the creation of the backup. From the available list, you can choose the preferable backup file from which you wish to recover the notes. After making the selection, press the "Next" button at the bottom of the window.

log into the icloud account

Step 5. Choose and Recover Notes from iCloud

iMyFone D-Back will begin scanning for the selected iCloud backup file. Upon completing the scan, it will display all the recoverable data from the backup in its preview window. It automatically categorizes the data under different sections. You can even see only the deleted files by selecting the "show only deleted files" option. From the list, choose the files that you wish to retrieve and save to your computer. Click on "Recover" after selecting the Notes you need.

recover notes from iCloud

iMyFone D-Back will begin extracting the selected files from the backup file. After completion, it will prompt you to choose a location where you would like to save the files. Select a folder on the hard disk or create one. Wait until the program completes the process of recovery. You can later browse the destination to check for the retrieved files from the selected iCloud backup file.

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Way #2: Check the "Recently Deleted" Folder in

Step 1. Sign in to and choose the notes application.

Step 2. Choose the "Recently Deleted" folder and search the notes you want. Notes in this folder are permanently deleted after 30 days.

Step 3. Click "Recover" to recover the deleted note. You can find the recovered notes in the "note" folder.

choose Recover from iCloud Backup feature

Way #3: Restore Backup from iCloud including Notes

If you want to restore the backup from iCloud including notes, the first thing you need do is to check whether you have a recent backup. The Notes on your iPhone like Mail, Contacts, and Calendars are often stored “in the cloud” (a sever linked to your email address).

To check if you have a recent iCloud backup go to Settings > iCloud > Backup and check if “iCloud Backup” is turned on but don’t tap “Backup Now”. Now that you’re sure you have a recent backup, restore it in the following steps:

Step 1: First go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. This should take you to the setup screen.

Step 2: Follow the setup assistant prompts until you get to the Apps & Data Screen. Here, select “Restore from iCloud Backup”.

Step 3: Sign in to iCloud and select the most relevant backup. Then stay connected to the Wi-Fi network until the process is complete.


Summary: iCloud Backup Restore VS 3rd-Party Data Recovery Tool

iCloud offers users a free way to backup and restore data to their iOS devices.

  1. With iCloud, you can get the data back on your iPhone quickly and easily as long as you have a recent backup.
  2. But, iCloud may fail to back up all the data on your device if you haven't upgraded your iCloud storage plan.

In contrast, iMyFone D-Back is not free, but there is a free trial version that you can use to view the backup before recovering.

  1. Once you are certain the backup contains the data you need, you can then purchase the full version to recover.
  2. D-Back also makes it possible for you to selectively recover data and support the recovery of various types of data including messages, photos, videos, call logs, WhatsApp, Kik, Viber and so many more.
  3. It will not cause data overwriting.

Download iMyFone D-Back iPhone Data Recovery Win or iPhone Data Recovery Mac to give it a shot.

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