4 Methods to Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone without/from Backup

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Help! Stupidly, I deleted all my 86 notes from my iPhone! Including my reading records, random work ideas, even the measurements of my mom’s garment! They are so important! Anyone who can help me recover them? -   Norton

Accidently deleting note is not infrequent for iPhone users and this could bring bad effect to users for notes are playing important role in our daily life. How to recover deleted notes on iPhone? This article offers four methods for you to recover deleted notes on iPhone without or from backup.

1 Recover Deleted iPhone Notes from “Recently Deleted” Folder

The deleted notes may still be in your Notes App. See the steps below:

Step 1: Go ahead to the “Recently Deleted” folder in your Notes app.

Step 2: Click on the “Edit” button in the upper right corner.

Step 3: Select the notes you want to recover and click on “Move To…” button in the lower left corner.

Step 4: Choose a folder you want to move the deleted notes to. Then go to the folder to view the undeleted notes.

Note: Notes in the “Recently Deleted” Folder are permanently deleted after 30 days.

check Recently Deleted Folder for notes

2 Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone without Backup

If the first method doesn't work, or you haven't made any iTunes or iCloud backup before, or you just don't want to overwrite all your current data and settings on iPhone using iTunes or iCloud restore method. iMyfone D-Back iPhone data recovery Win or iPhone data recovery Mac software will help in this situation. It supports to recover deleted notes on iPhone 7/SE/6s/6/5s/5c/5/4s/4 without any backup. Check more features of this tool:

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  • Supports to recover 22+ file types from iPhone without backup such as photos, contacts, messages, notes, voice memo, messages from WhatsApp, Kik, WeChat etc;
  • Supports to extract 22+ file types from unreadable iTunes and iCloud backup file to computer without overwriting data on your iPhone;
  • Supports to preview the deleted data before performing recovery;
  • Supports the new iOS 10 and almost all the models of iPhone such as iPhone 7, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 5S, iPhone 4 etc.

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Steps to Recover Deleted Notes From iPhone without Backup

Step 1: Choose Recovery Mode

Open iMyfone D-Back on your computer and connect your iPhone to the computer. Choose "Recover from iOS Device" from the 4 recovery modes.

Tips: Smart Recovery Mode can scan and search your deleted notes as long as you choose the type of lost file and the lost situation. If you delete your notes and don’t make any backup, or, you are not sure where you back your notes up to, iMyfone D-Back offers you the easiest way to start the recovery process. You can also recover your deleted notes from iTunes Backup or iCloud backup if you clearly know where you can find those notes.

Choose Recovery Modes

Step 2: Choose the File Type

Choose note in the file type list and click on "Next" button.

Choose the Note File Type

Step 3: Preview and Recover Deleted Notes

After the deleted notes are found, iMyfone D-Back allows you to preview them, including the date and content. You can recover the notes after you confirm they are what you exactly need.

preview notes


1. Different with recovering from iTunes or iCloud backups, iMyfone D-Back can recover your deleted notes safely. It will extract the found notes to your PC or Mac instead of iPhone to avoid the risk of data overwriting.

2. Besides notes, it can recover other file types on your iPhone, such as contactstext messages and WhatsApp history. Please see other specific articles if you need: How to recover iPhone calendar >> or How to recover iPhone voice memos >>

And the free trial version is offered to allows users to figure out whether iMyfone D-Back iPhone data recovery  or iPhone data recovery Mac can find their data. Just download and search your lost files.

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3 Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone from iTunes Backup

3.1 Restore iPhone from iTunes Backup

If your have the habit to back up your iPhone data to iTunes regularly, it is of high probability that you can find your deleted notes from your iTunes backups. How to recover deleted notes from iPhone with the help of iTunes? Just follow the instructions:

a) Open iTunes on the computer which you have synchronized your iPhone.

b) Click iTunes > Preferences > Devices to figure out which backup may have your deleted notes.

c) Recover the right backup as shown below.

itunes backup

But there is one disadvantage of recovering deleted notes from iTunes backup. The iTunes backup will overwrite the existing data on your iPhone. So please back up the existing iPhone data before recovery to ensure no important files will be lost.

3.2 Extract iPhone Notes from iTunes Backup

iMyfone D-Back supports also to view and extract notes from iTunes backup. Check how it works:

Step 1: Choose "Recover from iTunes backup" among 4 recovery modes.

Choose Recover from iTunes backup

Step 2: Choose an iTunes backup which may contain the deleted notes and let iMyfone D-Back scan it for the lost file.

Choose an iTunes backup

Step 3: When the scan is finished, all the found notes will be displayed in the interface. Simply choose the desired notes from them and tap on "Recover" button to extract them to the computer.

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4 Recover Deleted iPhone Notes from iCloud Backup

4.1 Restore iPhone from iCloud Backup

If you turn Backup on in Settings > iCloud, and satisfy the requirements of iCloud automatic backup, iCloud will back up your iPhone data each day! What are the requirements? Apple says as below:

Firstly your device is connected to a power source and connected to a Wi-Fi network, secondly your device's screen is locked and you have enough available space in iCloud for the backup.

So if your deleted notes have been to iCloud by you or by iCloud itself, you can restore them from the iCloud backup. Check the detailed instruction provided by Apple:

Restore your iOS device from iCloud >>

However, recovering deleted notes from iCloud is similar with from iTunes, taking the risk of data overwriting. In this situation you can also apply iMyfone D-Back to extract notes from iCloud backup without overwriting the current data on your iPhone.

4.2 Extract iPhone Notes from iCloud Backup

The steps to extract notes from iCloud backup using iMyfone D-Back iPhone data recovery Win or iPhone data recovery Mac are similar as to extract them from iTunes backup. Just check the tutorial: How to extract data from iCloud backup >>

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Do you get back your deleted notes by the four methods? And if you have other good suggestions about how to recover deleted notes on iPhone, be free to leave us a comment.

  • Mechillen Hodge

    Hello, I am trying to recover my notes that were deleted. It says it is 100%, but the circle just keeps going around. It’s been like that for the past 20 minutes. Is it still retrieving?

    • Hello Mechillen, which recovery mode did you use? If you have chosen “recover from iOS device” mode, please make sure that your iPhone is connected to your computer by scanning. And please check your network connection as well by using other recovery modes. If you still face this issue, please fell free to contact our support team (support@imyfone.com) with the error screenshots or log file, we will try our best to help you solve the problem as soon as possible.

  • Susan

    This is great! Which of these 4 ways is easiest for a non tech savy person? (like me). Thanks!!

    • Hello Susan, sorry for the late response. You can try the Smart Recovery mode to recover your deleted notes. This mode will intelligently choose the scan and searching routes from your iPhone, iTunes backup or iCloud backup to recover the lost content. Thus, you don’t need to think about any complicated questions! Just run and follow the program with its guide.

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