[Full Guide] How to Retrieve Deleted Notes on iPhone

"I jotted down some very important details about my upcoming practical exams on my iPhone Notes. Unfortunately, I have deleted that particular note, like an idiot. But I desperately need that document; please, give me some suggestions to recover that note. Thanks in advance."

A lot of users go through this, you are not the only one! Don't worry, if you don't know how to recover deleted notes on iPhone then we will discuss all the details with you and help you recover that note. First, check the "Recently Deleted" folder, if it is there then check out the details below. Otherwise, your only option is to use a third-party recovery tool. It is very effective and it can recover the file even if it's gone from "Recently Deleted" folder.

Part 1: How to Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone without Backup(2 Ways)

First, you need to try to recover the file without the backup. So, officially you can check the "Recently Deleted" folder, if the file is in there then it will be very easy for you to recover. But the "Recently Deleted" folder gets emptied every 30 days. So, after 30 days you will have nothing left to be recovered.

But you should also know about how to recover notes on iPhone directly. You have to employ the use of a third-party software but don't worry, the one we are recommending is worth trying.

Way 1: Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone from "Recently Deleted" Folder

It is possible to recover lost notes on iPhone if they are still inside "Recently Deleted" folder. In the "Recently Deleted" folder the deleted files are stored for a period of 30 days, after that, they will be lost forever. So, before that happens you can salvage those notes, and here's how to do it;

  • Step 1: So, go to your "Recently Deleted" folder.
  • Step 2: Click on the "Edit" button at top right.
  • Step 3: Now, find the notes that you want to recover and then click on "Move To…".
  • Step 4: Choose a folder where you want to move the deleted notes then you can go inside the folder to view them.
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It is a very easy and effective method but it only works if the notes are inside the "Recently Deleted" folder.

Way 2: Preview and Selectively Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone without Backup

The discussed procedure only works for "Recently Deleted" files. But after 30 days, it will be impossible to get those files back, not if you are using Tenorshare UltData for iOS. It is simple, effective and recovers the notes even if they are missing for more than 30 days. It is a data recovery software which is capable of recovering data from iOS devices and even from iCloud/iTunes backup.

Here's the guide to recover notes on iPhone without any backup with Tenorshare Ultdata:

Step 1 Download and install UltData on the computer and then connect the iPhone to it.

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Step 2 Run the software and choose the "Recover from iOS device" from the main menu. UltData will automatically detect the program if the device is connected and trusted.

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Step 3 In the next panel you have to select the data type, you can choose a specific type of you can select all, but after that click "Start Scan".

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Step 4 Step 4: After the scanning is complete, you will get a preview of the recoverable file and they will be categorized.

list of the recoverable files

Step 5 Now, that you have selected the Notes from the list, click on the "Recover" button to get them restored.

Step 6 Step 6: You can also go to the "Output Setting" and select the format and the destination of the restored Note file.

This way you can restore deleted notes on your iPhone with Tenorshare UltData. If you compare both of the recovery methods then you will find this one to be more simplistic and efficient.

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Part 2: Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone from Backup File (4 Ways)

This part is applicable when you were unable to recover the Note file directly from iOS. If the "Recently Deleted' folder is empty and any trace of that file nowhere to be found then the only option left is to look into the Backups you made very recently. Quite possibly you can find the file you are looking for inside one of those backup files, just waiting to be extracted. There are iCloud and iTunes backup files and each employs 2 way to recover the file.

If you don't know how to retrieve deleted notes on iPhone from the backup file, then take a good at the procedures below;

Way 1: Recover Deleted iPhone Notes from an iTunes Backup

This section is all about recovering deleted notes or data from iTunes backup.

1.1 Restore your iPhone from iTunes Backup - Official way

If you think that the note you have accidentally deleted has been backed up in an iTunes backup file then you can restore the backup file on your iPhone and get access to that file again. Unfortunately, you won't be able to restore the note selectively using the official iTunes method, you have to restore the whole backup file to get it. Let's take a look at the official procedure;

  • Step 1: Connect the iPhone to a computer where iTunes is already installed and backups are stored.
  • Step 2: Then, launch the app and then go to "Summary" at the left side of the panel.
  • Step 3: Click on "Restore Backup".
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  • Step 4: Choose the most recent backup and confirm the command by click on "Restore" again.
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This is the official way to restore iTunes backup file on an iPhone but if you are looking for a way to selectively extract only the note file from the backup then the method discussed below will be more suitable for you.

1.2 Only Extract your Deleted notes from an iTunes Backup - No other Data Loss

Tenorshare UltData for iOS is one of the best data recovery programs available but it was to recover lost files from iOS directly. Actually, it has several modes for data recovery and one of them is dedicated to recovering deleted files from iTunes backup.

Unlike other programs, you will be able to recover deleted notes iPhone from iTunes backup file very easily without the loss of any files. Here, take a look at this finest data recovery method.

Step 1 As usual, download and install software on the computer and then connect the iPhone to it.

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Step 2 Run the program and Select "Recover from iTunes Backup file" from the main menu. UltData will detect all the iTunes backup file on your computer, you just need to choose the right one by going through all the detail and click on "Start Scan" button.

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Step 3 After the scanning is complete you will get a preview of all the files inside the backup, you need to choose a specific on from them. You can also click on "Show Only Deleted" to shorten the search radius.

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Step 4 After selecting the files, click on the "Recover" button to start restoring the files. For Notes recovery, there is 2 options to choose: "Recover to Device" and "Recover to Computer".

recover notes to devices or computer

This way you can use Tenorshare UltData to selectively restore specific files from iTunes backup. It is easier and efficient.

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Way 2: Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone from an iCloud Backup

This section is all about recovering deleted notes or data from iCloud backup.

2.1: Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone from your iCloud Backup Directly - Official Way

There is another type of backup file available if you are using an iOS device, it is called iCloud backup. If you have made a backup on iCloud then you would still be able to extract it but not selectively. But most users don't prefer it as it only provides 5GB of storage space.

  • Step 1: Open your iPhone, go to Settings and then tap on "General".
  • Step 2: From there, go to "Reset' and tap on "Erase All Contents and Settings".
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  • Step 3: Then, the device will restart, when it turns back on again, follow the instructions on the screen to setup the device.
  • Step 4: Then, go to "App & Data" and select "Restore from iCloud Backup".
  • Step 5: You need to sign in with your Apple ID and password and then the device will get restored.
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Other than restoring the whole backup file, another problem with the official iCloud restore method is that you need to erase the whole device beforehand. Basically, there are lots of issues with the restore methods. So, you better use the next one to selectively restore the iCloud backup.

2.2 Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone from an iCloud Backup without Data Loss

Sadly, the official methods do not have the capability to extract files selectively. Don't worry! Tenorshare UltData for iOS does a much better job even if it comes to restoring from iCloud backup. Take a look at its operational procedure:

Step 1 Download and install UltData and click on "Recover from iCloud Backup file", then log in to your iCloud account using your Apple ID.

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Step 2 In the account, you will see all the iCloud backup files you have ever created; it's time for you to choose the right one and then click "Next".

find that particular backup

Step 3 In the following window you need to choose the file type "Notes", they will be downloaded and scanned afterward. Click "Next".

elect file type Notes

Step 4 After the downloading is complete, UltData scans the file automatically and then they are listed categorically for preview.

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Step 5 After checking the preview thoroughly, click on the "Recover" button to get the files restored. As you are extracting Notes, you will be able to set the format and the destination of the restored file from Output Settings. You also can choose to "Recvoer to Device" or "Recover to Computer".

Faster, better and able to extract the files without any data loss. This is the reason UltData is highly recommended by its users.

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Conclusion

Basically, you are given 6 options to recover your lost notes. If it was recently deleted then you will be able to recover it using the very first method but if it was lost long ago then you have to use UltData to recover it. Also, if you are guessing that the lost file is inside a backup then you can also use UltData here, you will find this third-party software more fascinating and useful than the official recovery methods.

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