The Complete Guide for Deleting and Restoring iPhone Notes
Apple provides us with a great note-taking app on iPhones straight out of the box. With Notes, you can create notes rich with text, tables, images, files, checklists, sketches and more!
After relying heavily on such an app, you may find that you are missing notes after accidentally deleting them, damage to your iPhone, or a failed backup. Not to worry, this is the exact problem we'll be addressing in this article; it is possible to recover deleted notes on iPhone. Here's how...
Quick Jump To:
- Recover iPhone Notes from Recently Deleted
- Recover Notes from iTunes Backup
- Recover Notes from iCloud
- Restore an iTunes Backup
1. Recover from Recently Deleted
Let's see how to recover deleted notes on iPhone if they were removed in the last 30 days.
First, check whether they are still available on your device. Apple have built in a contingency for you in case you make a mistake when deleting notes - your iPhone will store your deleted notes for a small period of time in Recently Deleted.
"Notes are available here for 30 days. After that time, notes will be permanently deleted. This may take up to 40 days" - Apple iPhone.
Great! To access Recently Deleted notes, open your Notes app, and tap "Recently Deleted" from your list of folders.
See a note you wish to recover? Tap Edit > select the notes you want to recover > Tap "Move To..." > Select a folder to restore the notes to. Phew, your notes are now safe in an active Notes folder!
2. Recover Notes from iTunes Backup
If you've not been able to use the method above to recover notes from the Recently Deleted folder, we'll need to go a little deeper into the rabbit hole. Luckily, we can call on backups of your iPhone. Backups of your iPhone will contain a snapshot of the data which was available on your device at the time is was backed up. As such, there's a good chance that your missing notes are contained in a backup - let's go save them!
Since restoring a backup to your iPhone will overwrite your current data on it (which is far from ideal), we'll be using iBackup Extractor in this method to access and extract only your notes from a backup.
iBackup Extractor can access the otherwise inaccessible iTunes backups on your computer. You can then explore your backups to see what is saved in them and extract any data you need from them and save it to your computer.
How to Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone:
- Download and install iBackup Extractor on your PC or Mac.
- Select the backup you wish to explore.
- Click "Notes".
- Choose the Notes you wish to extract.
- Hit "Copy Notes"!
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3. Recover Notes from iCloud
If you have used iCloud previously, your Notes may be stored in iCloud. This makes sharing Notes between your devices really convenient.
To access your iCloud notes on your iPhone, enable iCloud notes through Settings:
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
- Tap your User Entry (your name).
- Tap iCloud.
- Enable Notes (switch the toggle to the right so that it's green).
Your iPhone will then download your Notes from your iCloud account!
4. Restore an iTunes Backup
If all else fails, you may want to restore a full backup to your iPhone. Unless you are switching all your data from an old iPhone to a new iPhone, I would not recommend this method, as it will overwrite the data currently on your iPhone with the data in the backup.
Restore a backup to an iPhone:
- Open iTunes on your computer.
- Connect your iPhone.
- Click your device icon.
- In the summary tab, click "Restore Backup".
- Choose a backup to restore.
Delete a note
Need to know how to actually delete a note in the Notes app? There are a couple of ways you can go about deleting single notes from your iPhone...
- The Swipe - Open the Notes app on your iPhone > Swipe a Note entry to the left > Tap the Trash icon.
- View and Delete - Open the Notes app on your iPhone > Tap a note to view it > Don't like it? Tap the trash icon in the bottom-left corner.
- Deleting multiple notes - Open the Notes app on your iPhone > Tap Edit > Tap multiple notes to select them > Tap Delete to remove all selected notes.
Delete all notes
Deleting all notes is this easy:
- Open the Notes app on your iPhone.
- Tap Edit.
- Tap Delete All to remove all your notes at once.
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