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How to Recover iPhone Notes Disappeared after Update

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Brandon Eldred

December 12, 2018 (Updated: March 20, 2020)• Filed to: iOS Data Recovery

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Updates bring numerous features to the iPhone and they are significant for improving the user experience. But with the update, comes along various other unexpected issues, giving panic to the iPhone users.

For instance, after the latest update, many iPhone users have reported a loss of data. They discovered that the iPhone notes disappeared after update. So losing your saved Notes after you update your iPhone can be a nightmare. If you are one of the iPhone users, who have lost notes after an update, then we have got you covered.

Part 1: Basic Tips to Recover iPhone Notes Disappeared after Update

Before you use any method for Notes recovery, kindly follow some basic ways for finding the missing Notes after the iPhone update.

1. Restart iPhone

For iPhone X and later

  1. Long press the Side button along with either Volume button until you see the slider on your phone.
  2. Drag the slider for turning Off the device completely.
  3. Long press the Side button to switch On the device again.

For iPhone 8 and earlier

  1. Long press the Side or top button until you see the slider on your device.
  2. Drag the slider for turning Off the device completely.
  3. Long press the Side or top button to switch On the device again.
  4. After restarting your device, check if you got the missing Notes.

restart iphone

2. Check Mail Settings

If you have deleted your synced email account or turned off the iCloud sync for that account, you need to check your email settings.

Step 1. Go to Settings -> Mail (Contacts and Calendar).

Step 2. All the email IDs that are linked to your device will be displayed. Tap on your primary account.

Step 3. Then, you can toggle On/Off the sync of Contacts, Notes, etc. with your email ID.

Step 4. If the Notes are not synced, toggle on the sync to get lost Notes.Continue with the same process for other email accounts.

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3. Check the iCloud Sync Option

Many users sync the Notes to the iCloud so you have to check whether you have turned on the Notes in Settings.

Go to Settings -> Notes -> Accounts. Check each and every account if you have turned on the Notes.

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When you turn on the sync option for Notes, all the disappeared Notes will be back. If you have synced Notes on any other account which is not in use now, you need to tap on Add account for adding it to sync Notes.

4. Reinstall the Notes App on iPhone

If none of the methods worked for you, you can try reinstalling the Notes app on your iPhone. Keep in mind that the Notes app can only be removed from an iPhone running iOS 10 and later. Follow the steps below to install the Notes app from the App Store.

Step 1. Open App Store on your device and search for Notes.

Step 2. Find the app and download it.

Step 3. When the reinstalled Notes app is opened, you will be directed to iCloud Settings.

Step 4. In the iCloud settings, turn on Notes. When you open the Notes app again, you can find all the missing Notes.

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Note:

Sometimes the above methods may not work out for finding the disappeared notes back. And you need to note that getting back notes via some of them may wipe off the current data on your device, such as with iCloud restore function. In such case, you need the help of a pro recovery tool.

Part 2: Recover Disappeared Notes after Update from iPhone via D-Back

Luckily iMyFone D-Back is one of the most reliable pro recovery tools to get back disappeared notes from iPhone. Its simple recovery process and high success of recovery make it an excellent tool for retrieving disappeared notes.

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Key Features:

  • It is a handy, innovative and powerful tool that can recover notes from iOS devices with no backup.
  • It can help you recover notes selectively or fully.
  • It will not affect your current data on device.
  • It offers free trial version for all users which allows you to view the recoverable notes first, and you are able to view your iTunes/iCloud backup content
  • With the independently advanced technology, D-Back has the highest probability of recovering notes.
  • It works perfectly with all the iOS devices and iOS versions (including the latest iPhone 11 and iOS 13).

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Option 1: Recover Disappeared Notes after Update from iPhone Directly

Step 1.Launch D-Back on your computer. Select “Recover from iOS Device” and press Start.

Recover from iOS Device Tab

Step 2.Connect your iPhone to the computer using a USB cable. Click “Next” when this software detects your iPhone.

connect your device

Step 3.Select “Note” under “Memo & Others” from the list of data types shown and click “Scan”.

select data types

Step 4.All the Notes will appear when the scan is over. You can either recover all or select the ones you want and then click “Recover”. Choose the folder for storing the recovered Notes. Once the process is completed, they will get stored in the chosen folder.

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Option 2: Steps to Recover Disappeared Notes after Update from iTunes Backup

Step 1.Launch iMyFone D-Back and select “Recover from iTunes Backup”. Click Start.

Recover from iTunes

Step 2.All the available iTunes backups will be shown. Choose the most appropriate backup and click “Next”.

Select iTunes Backup

Step 3.Select “Note” under “Memo & Others” from the list of data types shown and click “Scan”.

select file types

Step 4.All the Notes will appear when the scan is completed. You can either recover all the files or select the ones you want and then click “Recover”. Once the process is completed, the recovered will get stored in the chosen folder.

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Option 3. Steps to Recover Disappeared Notes after Update from iCloud

Step 1.Open iMyFone D-Back and select “Recover from iCloud”. Click Start.

Recover from iCloud

Step 2.Sign in to your iCloud account using the Apple ID password.

Fill in your iCloud account

Step 3.Choose "Notes" from the categories and tap "Scan".

choose notes file type

Step 4.After the scan is completed, all the backups will be displayed, select the notes you want to recover and tap "Recover".

select notes to recover

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Part 3: Restore all iTunes/iCloud Backup after Update

3.1 Steps to Restore all iTunes Backup after Update

Step 1. Open iTunes on your computer and connect your iPhone to it. Enter password if asked.

Step 2. Your iPhone will appear in iTunes. Select it.

Step 3. Choose “Restore Backup” under Backups.

Step 4. Select the most relevant backup and click Restore.

Step 5. After the process is over, all the data of your iPhone including Notes will be restored.

itunes backup

3.2 Steps to Restore all iCloud Backup after Update

Step 1. Open Settings on your device and go to “Apps & Data”. Tap on “Restore from iCloud Backup”.

Step 2. Sign in to your iCloud account using Apple ID and password.  Make sure your device is connected to a Wi-Fi network.

Step 3. Select the most relevant backup after checking its date and time. The restoring process will begin immediately.

Step 4. Sign in to your Apple account again for restoring the apps and purchases, if any.

Step 5. After restoring gets completed, the entire data of your iPhone including Notes will be restored.

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FAQs about iPhone Notes Disappear

Why My Notes Disappeared after Update?

Recently, a user complained that he lost all the Notes that he had saved on his iPhone 8 after he updated it to the latest version of iOS. This might be common for many users after the update and the issue has appeared many times before. The reasons for missing Notes after the upgrade can vary depending on the usage of iPhone.

  • You might have used multiple accounts on your iPhone and now when you signed out from some of your accounts, the Notes got disappeared.
  • You accidentally toggled Notes off in the iCloud settings.
  • The Notes are synced with an email account and you deleted that email account. In this case, Notes cannot be accessed until you sign in.

Where did my iPhone Notes go?

The entire data, including Notes in your iPhone, is 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 present in the database and only the slot changes. When you use your phone after that and create new data, the entries in the “Unallocated” slot would be occupied first and new data will overwrite the existing data. If you discovered iPhone notes missing after upgrade recently, then you don't have to panic. Some third-party software can access the iOS SQLite database and recover the deleted data.

Can I Retrieve Notes from my iPhone after Update?

If you are seeking answers for can I retrieve deleted notes from my iPhone, then yes, the data recovery is probabilistic as there are various methods to retrieve the lost data. If you make a regular backup, you can restore the official iTunes and iCloud backup. You can also use third-party software for recovering the Notes. Depending on different situations, the methods varies.

Conclusion

If you have recently discovered that your iPhone Notes disappeared after update, you can view all the methods given above. Depending on your situation, you can recover the Notes using the appropriate one. If you have any queries regarding the backup and restoring process, you can leave your comments below.

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