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

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Help! I stupidly deleted all 86 notes on my iPhone 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 12 is running on my iPhone!

– Norton

Accidentally deleting Notes is actually very common, a problem that can lead to a lot of other problems especially when the notes carry important information. If you have lost some of your notes, this article will show you 4 different ways to get them back whether you have a backup or not. And this article works even you are using the latest iOS 12.

1 Recover Deleted iPhone Notes from "Recently Deleted" Folder

It is possible that the missing notes could still be in the Notes App and as such, quite easy to recover. They may be available in the "Recently Deleted" folder where all deleted Notes are stored for a period of 30 days. Here's how to check.

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

2 Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone without Backup (iOS 12 Included)

If the notes are not in the "Recently Deleted" folder and you don't have an iTunes or iCloud backup of the missing notes, iMyFone D-Back iPhone data recovery Win or iPhone data recovery Mac can help. This program can help you recover deleted notes on your iPhone even you use iOS 12. 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 the program will help. The following are some of the tool's additional, useful features.

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  • Supports to recover 22+ file types from iPhone 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 latest iOS 12 and almost all the iOS devices such as iPad, iPhone X, iPhone 8, 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 the 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.

Choose Recovery Modes

Connect the iPhone to the computer using a USB cable and click "Next".

connect your device

Step 2: Choose the File Type

Choose note in the file type list and click on "Scan" button. The program will start to scan the deleted notes on your iPhone.

Choose the Note File Type

Step 3: Preview and Recover Deleted Notes

When the scan is complete, preview the Notes in the results page, and select the ones you want to recover. Click "Recover" to save them to your computer.

preview notes


1. Unlike restoring an iTunes or iCloud Backup, iMyFone D-Back can recover deleted Notes safely, without the risk or losing any of your other data.
2. Apart from Notes, you can also use it to recover other types of files including contactstext messages, iMessages and even WhatsApp history.


The free trial offers you a chance to test drive iMyFone D-Back iPhone data recovery  or iPhone data recovery Mac's effectiveness, risk-free.

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3 Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone from an iTunes Backup

3.1 Restore iPhone from iTunes Backup

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

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 can also come in handy when you have a backup of the notes on iTunes. You can simply use it to extract them from the backup. Here’s how.

Step 1: Choose "Recover from iTunes backup". Click "Start".Choose Recover from iTunes backup

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 is complete, all Notes will be displayed on the next window. Select the ones you need and click "Recover" to save them.

extract iPhone Notes from iTunes Backup

4 Recover Deleted iPhone Notes from an iCloud Backup

4.1 Restore iPhone from iCloud Backup

If you have turned on iCloud backups and satisfy the requirements for an automatic iCloud daily backup, your deleted Notes may be included on an iCloud backup file.

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

But just as it is with an iTunes restore, you risk losing recent data on your device. Fortunately, you can extract the Notes from an iCloud backup, the same way we did with an iTunes Backup.

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? Don't forget that they all work for the latest iOS 12. 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.