Help! I stupidly deleted all 86 notes on my iPhone XS including all my reading records, random work ideas and even the measurements of my mom's garment. They are so important! Can anyone tell me how to recover deleted notes on iPhone? BTW, iOS 14 is running on my iPhone!

– Norton

Accidentally deleting notes is actually very common in our life, the important thing is how to get them back. Here in the article, 4 ways are introduced to recover permanently deleted notes from iphone XS/6/7/8/11 (support all iOS devices & iOS versions). Let’s check them in detail.

how to recover deleted notes on iPhone

Can I retrieve deleted notes on iPhone XS/6/7/8/11?

The simple answer is a Yes. Why you can undo delete your notes? Like other data, notes are saved on the SQLite database. When you manually or accidentally delete notes, it only changes its storage slot from “Allocated” to “Unallocated”. The actual data is still in the database. When you use your phone and create new data, the entries in the “Unallocated” slot would be occupied first and new data will overwrite them. So you'd better stop using your device after deleting notes.

Then all you need to do is to read the following guide and choose one method you prefer according to different situations.

Option 1. Recover Note from "Recently Deleted" Folder

Step 1: Go to the "Recently Deleted" folder in the 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

Option 2. Recover Recently/Permanently Deleted Notes on iPhone Without Backup (Video Guide)

If the notes are not in the "Recently Deleted" folder, iMyFone D-Back iPhone data recovery can help. If you don't have a backup or don't want to restore the device from iTunes or iCloud (which will overwrite data on your device), then this program is your best choice, it can recover permanently deleted notes from your iPhone/iPad directly. The following are some of the tool's useful features.

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Key Features:

  • Apply advanced technolgoy to guarantee high success rate.
  • Support to recover permanently deleted notes without backup.
  • Support to preview the notes within iPhone backups for free, which cannot be done with iTunes and iCloud.
  • Extract and recover notes without having to restore the whole backup.
  • Support other 18 file types from iPhone such as photos, contacts, messages, voice memo, WhatsApp and etc.
  • It is compatible with all iOS devices and iOS versions including iOS 14/13.
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If you do no have any backups, this option is the best choice for you. Check below video guide to recover your missing notes now.

Option 3. Get Old iPhone Notes via iTunes Backup

3.1 Find and Recover Deleted Notes from iTunes Backup via D-Back

If you are afraid of overwriting your existing data and want to preview the notes before doing recovery. Then you can use D-Back's third mode--Recover from iTunes Backup.

Step 1.Download and launch D-Back. Choose "Recover from iTunes backup". Click "Start". Then you will see all the iTunes backups on your computer. Choose an iTunes backup from those listed and then click "Next".

Choose an iTunes backup

Step 2.Select "Note" as the type of data to extract. Click "Scan" to allow the program to scan the selected backup file.

select file types

Step 3.When the scan completes, all notes will be displayed. Select the ones you need and click "Recover" to save them.

extract iPhone Notes from iTunes Backup

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3.2 Find and Recover Notes via Official iTunes Restore

If you regularly backup your iPhone data to iTunes, it is likely that your deleted notes could be in your iTunes backups. Here's how to recover them from iTunes.

Step 1: Connect the iPhone and open iTunes on the computer you synced your device with.

Step 2: Click "Restore Backup" to restore the device to the latest iTunes backup.

itunes backup


  • Restoring the iTunes backup will overwrite the existing data on your iPhone.
  • Official iTunes does not allow you to view its content, so you will not know whether it contains the notes you need until you perform the restore.

Option 4. Get Old iPhone Notes via iCloud Backup

4.1 Find and Recover Notes from iCloud Backup via D-Back

If recovering notes via official iCloud Restore seems a bit risky for you, here D-Back will help out, because no restore is needed and you don't have to worry about data overwriting. Just choose "Recover from iCloud Backup" and follow below steps:

Step 1. Lauch D-Back and select “Recover from iCloud Backup”. Then click Start button. Sign in to your iCloud account using your Apple ID information.

Fill in your iCloud account

Step 2. Log in to your iCloud account and choose category "Notes" as you want to get deleted notes back, and click "Scan".

select category note

Step 3. The scan will be in process, it might take some time depending on the file size.

scan process

Step 4. All the Notes will appear when the scan is completed. You can select the notes you want to retrieve and then click “Recover”. The final step is to choose a folder for storing them.

Recover Notes from Cloud Backup

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4.2 Recover Notes via Official iCloud Restore

If you have turned on iCloud backups, your deleted notes may be included in an iCloud backup file.

If they are, all you have to do is restore the iCloud backup to get them back.

Step 1. Go over Settings> General> Reset, then tap Clear all content and settings.

Step 2. Tap Restore from iCloud Backup and then sign in with your Apple ID.

Step 3. Select the backup desired from the list of iCloud backups available once you reach the "Select Backup" step.

restore from icloud backup


All your data and settings will be erased after resetting your device. So you will bear the risk of losing your existing data while trying to recover your previous data.

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There are too many recovery apps out there on the market, choosing one that is reliable and safe is faily hard. Yet D-Back can safely recover your deleted notes on iDevices. Do you undo delete your notes by the four methods? Don't forget that they all work for the latest iOS version, including iOS 14/13. If you have other good suggestions about how to recover deleted notes on iPhone, be free to leave us a comment.

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