3 Easy Ways to Restore Notes from iCloud

by Jenefey Aaron   Updated on 2019-07-25 / Update for  iPhone Recovery

The Notes app on the iPhone enables users to take notes on the go. Long gone are the days when most of us would walk around with writing material. The latter has taken a back seat and logically so. However, like other types of data, users run the risk of losing their notes for reasons such as a software update, unsuccessful jailbreak, deleting emails synced with your iPhone, incorrectly setting up your emails or deleting them by mistake. This article explains how to restore notes from iCloud to your iPhone XS/XS Max/XR/X/8/8 Plus/7/7 Plus/6S/6/SE/5s/5.

Way 1. How to Recover Deleted Notes from "Recently Deleted" Folder in iCloud.com

Similar to the Notes App on the iPhone, the Recently Deleted folder also exists on iCloud.com. Like it's brother on the iPhone, it contains notes that have been deleted within the last 30 days. To recover deleted notes from iCloud, follow the procedure below.

Step 1: Log in to icloud.com and click Notes.

Step 2: Click the Recently Deleted folder. Search the notes you wish to recover by typing keywords on the Search bar at the top of the interface.

Step 3: Click Recover and the note will be restored. You can then access it in the note folder.

recently deleted notes in icloud

Way 2. How to Retrieve Notes from iCloud by Restoring Device

Although this method is synonymous with killing a rat by burning the whole house, it still is a solution. Note that all the data that was not backed up before restoring the device using iCloud will be lost. Wondering how to restore notes from iCloud? Follow the procedure below.

Step 1: Erase the contents and settings of your device by navigating to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings.

erase all content and settings iphone

Step 2: You will be directed to the setup screen. Follow the on-screen setup prompts. When you get to the Apps & Data interface, select Restore from iCloud Backup.

restore notes from icloud backup

Step 3: Sign in to iCloud using the Apple ID credentials you backed up your iPhone with, select an iCloud backup and wait for the process to complete.

(Note: Ensure you are connected to a Wi-Fi network and that you plug in your charger.)

Way 3. How to Restore Only Notes from iCloud Backup using UltData

Thinking of how to retrieve notes from iCloud backup? We recommend using Tenorshare UltData. It allows users to recover notes and other types of data like contacts, photos, messages and videos among others. Most importantly, users can restore their notes using iCloud backups without erasing their devices. It also allows users to review and selectively restore notes. To use Tenorshare UltData, follow the procedure below.

To recover notes using iCloud Backup file, follow the procedure below.

Step 1: Launch UltData and select Recover Data from iCloud Backup File.

Step 2: Enter the same Apple ID credentials you used when setting up your iPhone or click Login Shortcut to automatically login.

recover notes icloud backup

Step 3: Preview and select the notes you wish to recover and click Recover.

Additional Tip: How to Sync iPhone Notes with Your Gmail Account

Users can backup their notes by syncing them to their Gmail account. To sync your notes, follow the procedure below.

Step 1: Navigate to Settings then tap Mail, Contacts, Calendars.

Step 2: Tap your Gmail Account.

Step 3: Toggle the Notes button on.

sync iphone notes with gmail

Your notes can be accessed in the notes app or on your computer using a web browser. To access your Gmail-synced notes on your iPhone follow the procedure below.

Step 1: Launch the Notes app.

Step 2: Scroll down to Personal Gmail.

notes on gmail

(Note: It is not possible to create folders in your Gmail account. However, you can add and create notes to the default Notes folder therein.)

To access your notes on your computer using a web browser, follow the procedure below.

Step 1: Run a web browser of your choice and sign in to the Gmail account you used to sync your notes on your iPhone.

Step 2: On the left bar, click Notes to view your synced iPhone notes.

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Thinking of how to recover notes from iCloud? This article details all the possible methods. We recommend that you use Tenorshare UltData since it allows you to recover notes selectively after previewing them and does not erase the data on your iPhone.