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

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 help me get them back? BTW, iOS 13 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 deleted notes from iphone(support all iOS devices & iOS versions). Let’s check them in detail.

Can I retrieve deleted notes on iPhone?

The simple answer is a Yes. Why can deleted notes be recovered? 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 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. The following are some of the tool's useful features.

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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 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.
  • 3.2 Recover 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.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

    Option 4. Get Old iPhone Notes via iCloud Backup

    3.1 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.

    3.2 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.All the iCloud backups will be shown. Choose the most relevant one and click “Next”.

    Select iCloud Backup

    Step 3.Select “Note” from the list of data types shown and click “Scan” to continue.

    Select the files you wish to recover

    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 Broken iPhone via iCloud Backup

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    Do you get back your deleted notes by the four methods? Don't forget that they all work for the latest iOS version - iOS 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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    • 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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