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How to Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone? [5 Methods]


Dec 29, 2021 (Updated: Dec 31, 2021) • Filed to: iOS Data Recovery

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The pre-installed Notes app has become a modern diary for iPhone users where they can store a random idea, a reminder, a to-do list and a lot more. However, these notes can get deleted either by accident or due to other issues.

Have you ever deleted some important notes by accident while having no idea how to recover them? No worries! This article provides 5 methods for recovering deleted notes on iPhone. Keep reading and find a solution that suits your situation.

how to recover deleted notes on iPhone

Method 1. Check Deleted Notes on iPhone from Recently Deleted Folder

iPhone has a Recently Deleted folder in the Notes app. This folder stores your deleted notes for up to 30 days and deletes them permanently after 30 days. If you recently deleted your notes, you still have a chance of recovering them via this folder.

Here are the steps to recover deleted notes from Recently Deleted folder:

Step 1 Tap on the Notes app present in your iPhone, there will be a < Back arrow in the top left corner of the screen. Tap this arrow and a folder menu will appear on the screen.

Step 2 Select Recently Deleted folder and tap on Edit button, then choose the deleted notes that you want to retrieve.

Step 3 Select Recover, and these notes will be recovered.

recover notes from recently deleted folder

Method 2. Recover Permanently Deleted Notes on iPhone without Backup

Do not get disappointed if you haven’t backed up your deleted notes in iCloud or iTunes for you can still recover them on iPhone with the help of a user-friendly software WooTechy iSeeker.

It is a professional iPhone data recovery tool which works well on almost all iPhone models, as well as iPad and iPod Touch series. Besides, it allows to recovers permanently deleted data no matter if there's a backup or not. You can have a free trial to download and scan your data like notes to check if your deleted data can be recovered.

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Install iSeeker and connect your iPhone to the computer. Follow the steps below to recover your deleted notes:

Step 1 Open the software, choose Recover from iOS Device and click on the Next button. You can also select Smart Recovery mode which can help you with your situation.

recover from iOS device

Step 2 Select Notes and your desired data from all the file types. Now, click on Scan.

scan notes

Step 3 All the recovered files will appear on your screen after the completion of the scan. Choose notes that you want to retrieve. Click on the Recover button.

recover deleted notes with iSeeker

After the process finishes, the deleted notes selected before will be recovered. Besides recovering from your iOS device directly, you can also extract from iCloud/iTunes backup to avoid resetting your iPhone.

Method 3. Restore Deleted Notes via iCloud Backup

If you have backed up your data to iCloud, you can recover deleted notes on iPhone from there even if they are permanently deleted. However, the drawback of recovering from iCloud Backup is that you have to reset your iPhone, which means the current data of your device will be replaced by recovered data. Hence, it’s highly recommended to back up and sync your data before recovering. Here is a step-by-step guide for how to back up and sync.

Step 1 Open Settings on your iPhone.

Step 2 Tap your profile located at the top of the screen and select iCloud.

Step 3 Tap iCloud Backup and select Backup Now. Then go back to iCloud page and check if you have turned the toggle of Notes on. If so, turn off and on again; if not, turn it on to make sure you have synced your notes.

back up before recovering from iCloud backup

After then, you’ll have a backup of your latest data, and the data of notes will be synced to iCloud. You can check the information of the backup by tapping Manage Storage > Backup. Then you can recover your deleted notes from iCloud.

Step 1 Tap Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings, and wait until your iPhone sets up.

erase all content and settings of iPhone

Step 2 Follow the on-screen instruction till you reach Apps & Data page. Select Restore from iCloud Backup and choose a backup that contains your deleted notes to recover.

recover from iCloud balckup

This process will take some time, after it completes, you can check if your deleted notes are successfully recovered. If not, keep reading to find other ways.

Method 4. Restore Deleted Notes through iTunes Backup

Many iPhone users prefer using iTunes to back up data since there’s a limitation on iCloud free storage. If you are one of them and have created an iTunes backup, you can easily recover permanently deleted notes on your iPhone from it. Follow these simple steps to know how to do it.

Step 1 Connect your iPhone with your computer using a USB cable.

Step 2 Click the iPhone icon to Summary page.

open your iPhone on iTunes

Step 3 When your device appears, click on Restore Backup to recover your deleted notes.

recover deleted notes on iPhone from iTunes backup

Step 4 Enter the password if asked.

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Similar to restore from iCloud, you have to recover all the data from iTunes no matter if you need it or not, and the current data will be replaced by recovered data.

Method 5. Retrieve Deleted Notes at

Though it is not a popular method, it may help you get back your deleted notes when there’re some glitches on your iPhone or you lose your iPhone by accident. Deleted notes are available in the Recently Folder of for 30 days. After that time, notes will be permanently deleted, while this may take up to 40 days. Still, if you haven’t synced the notes, your notes may disappear and this method will not work.

Step 1 Sign in to

select Notes after signing in to iCloud web

Step 2 Click on the Notes and then the Recently Deleted folder.

Step 3 Select your desired notes and click Recover on the top left corner of the note.

recover notes from recently deleted folder in iCloud web

Your deleted notes will be recovered and stored in your iPhone, what you should do next is to fix your device.


Recovering deleted notes is not an impossible task. There are many ways we mentioned above that you can use to recover deleted notes on iPhone.

No matter if there's a backup or not, you can resort to iSeeker iPhone data recovery tool to get your deleted notes and other data back. It covers your problem with ease, all you need to do is to follow the on-screen instruction or the step-by-step guide and click several times.

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