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Retrieve Notes from a Backup of your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch

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 as part of your backup when you sync your iPhone with iTunes (or Finder if you are using macOS Catalina or higher), so you can recover important notes if anything happens to the device or if the notes get accidentally deleted.

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

Quick-start guide on how to Recover Notes from 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 an iPhone backup from the list which you would like to access.
  4. Click the Notes tab.
  5. Select the notes you would like to save, and click "Copy Notes" or "Copy to Mac".
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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.

View and Extract Notes from a Backup

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.

Windows: To save notes to your Windows PC, click "Copy Notes". You'll then have the choice to save your notes as HTML, PDF or Plain Text. Finally, you'll be prompted to choose where to save the notes to on your PC.

Mac: To save notes to your Mac, click "Copy to Mac" to copy as HTML, "Copy to PDF", or "Copy to TXT".

Save notes to computer from iPhone backup

Locked notes iBackup Extractor is unable to access Notes which are "Locked" and password-protected in your backup.
You can remove the lock from a note by opening it on your iPhone, tapping the menu (3 dots), then tap to "Remove" the lock. Once unlocked, a new backup of the device will be required for iBackup Extractor to be able to access the newly unlocked notes.

Print out notes from your backup

To print out notes from a backup of your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, 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, click Print!

Printing notes is currently unavailable in the Mac version of iBackup Extractor.

Importing notes to your new iPod, iPhone or iPad

Any notes retrieved from your device backup by iBackup Extractor can be imported to your new iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad by following the steps provided by Apple.