Retrieve Notes from an iPhone Backup

The iPhone Notes app is great for making quick notes to yourself, be it shopping lists, lecture notes, or reminders. These notes get backed up when you perform an iTunes backup, so you can recover important notes if anything happens to the device or the notes get accidentally deleted.

Unfortunately, you cannot directly access your notes from a backup with iTunes. For this reason, to retrieve your notes, you can either perform a full restore from the backup to your device, or use software like iBackup Extractor to extract the notes from the backup and save them to your computer.

Save Notes from an iPhone backup

  1. Download and Install iBackup Extractor.
  2. Start up iBackup Extractor by double-clicking the iBackup Extractor icon on your desktop.
  3. Select a backup from the dropdown menu which you would like to access.
  4. Click the Notes tab.
  5. Select the notes you would like to save, and click "Copy Note"
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To view the notes available on your backed up device, click "Notes" in the iBackup Extractor categories list; this will display the Note viewer.

Viewing and Copying Notes

You can select which note to read by scrolling through the available notes being displayed. Once selected, it will be shown on the right side of the application's window. Here you will be able to see when it was last modified, and the contents of the note itself.

Should you wish to save notes to your computer, select which notes to save on the listing and click the "Copy Note" button on iBackup Extractor. It will ask you where to save the notes (default is desktop) and proceed to save them as standard text (.txt) files.

Save notes to computer from iPhone backup

Print out notes from an iPhone backup

To print out notes from your iPhone backup, simply select the notes that you wish to print, and click "Print" from the iBackup Extractor toolbar. You'll then be presented with your default print options for PC or Mac. When you're happy with the setting, hit Print!

Viewing Notes On Your iPod

On iOS based devices, notes are viewed using the "Notes" application on the device.