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Accidentally deleted notes on your iPhone? Here's how to recover them!

5 ways to recover deleted notes on iPhone

The Notes app on your iPhone allows you to quickly write down important information, ideas, shopping list, etc. But what to do when you open your Notes app and can't find one or more notes you desperately need? Don't worry. Even if you accidentally deleted them, it's still possible to recover them.

There can be a few reasons why your notes disappeared. You either deleted them, disabled them from your Mail account, deleted the account from your device, or disabled Notes in iCloud.

Accidentally deleted notes on your iPhone? Here's how to recover them!

If one of the previously listed cases is true, recovering your notes is pretty easy. But if the notes are gone for good, the only option you have is to restore your iPhone with a backup that contains those notes.

Follow this guide step by step to try all the options and see if any note recovery process is successful.

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Recover Notes from the Recently Deleted folder

When you delete your notes, they do not disappear entirely. They are moved to the Recently Deleted folder, where deleted notes are stored for 30 days until they're permanently deleted from your device. So the first thing you should do is check the Recently Deleted folder for the deleted notes.

To recover notes from the Recently Deleted folder, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Notes app.
2. Go to the main page.
3. Under "iCloud" or "On My iPhone", tap on "Recently Deleted".

Go to Recently Deleted

4. Locate the deleted note and swipe left on it.
5. Tap on the folder icon and select where you want to move the deleted note.

Tap on the folder icon

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Recover Notes from Mail account

If your notes are connected to an email account, check if the Notes app is enabled. Otherwise, you won't see the notes on your device.

The same goes if you deleted your email account from Mail. The connected notes would also disappear. Add the account to see them.

To recover Notes with the Mail account, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Settings app.
2. Scroll down and tap on "Mail".
3. Then, go to "Accounts".

Go to Accounts

4. Select the email account and toggle the switch next to "Notes" to see the linked notes.

Enable Notes in Mail

To add an email account, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Settings app.
2. Scroll down and tap on "Mail".
3. Then, go to "Accounts".
4. Tap on "Add Account".
5. Select the email provider and log into your account.
6. Make sure the "Notes" app is enabled.

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Recover Notes from iCloud on iPhone

Suppose you can't recover deleted notes from the Recently Deleted folder or your Mail account. In that case, you can try to recover them from your iCloud. This method will work only if you previously backed up your notes to iCloud.

To recover notes with iCloud, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Settings app.
2. Tap on your Apple ID.
3. Go to "iCloud".

Go to iCloud

4. Locate the "Notes" app and toggle the switch to enable sync and view backed-up notes.

Enable Notes in iCloud

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Recover Notes from iCloud Notes web

You can also look for your deleted iCould notes in the iCloud web version.

To recover iCloud notes, follow the steps below:

1. Open your browser and go to the iCloud website.
2. Log into your account.
3. Then, click on the "Notes" option.

Go to Notes

4. From the left sidebar, click on the "Recently Deleted" folder.
5. If you see your deleted note, click on it, and above the note, click on "Recover".

Click on Recover

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Recover Notes using Finder/iTunes

If you backed up your iPhone with iTunes or Finder when the notes weren't deleted, try to restore your iPhone to recover them. But have in mind that this option will overwrite the current data on your iPhone with the backed-up one. Make sure those notes are worth it.

To restore iPhone backup with Finder/iTunes, follow the steps below:

1. Connect your device to a Mac or PC with a lightning cable.
2. Open Finder and click on your iPhone name. Or open iTunes and click on the device icon.
3. Scroll down to the "Backups" option and click on "Restore Backup".

Click on Restore Backup

4. Select the backup based on the date and click on "Restore".

Click on Restore

5. Wait while your iPhone is restored, and then check if you see the notes you need.

We hope this guide provided you with the information you were looking for, and it helped you successfully recover deleted notes.

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