Note taking is largely a digital activity these days. Taking down an address, planning out an essay or jotting down a name to remember to look up on Facebook later. The Notes app is a fantastically useful tool. If you’d like to recover notes that you have deleted from your iPhone, you can do so with the tutorials below. Whether you accidentally deleted something important, or purposefully deleted something you later found out was incredibly important, use this guide to help you. This tutorial works for:
- iPhone 4/ 4s
- iPhone 5 / 5s / 5c
- iPhone 6 / 6 plus
- iPhone SE
- iPhone 7 / 7 plus
- iPhone 8 / 8 plus
- iPhone X
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Recover Lost iPhone Data
When you delete a file, text message, contacts or note from your iPhone, it’s not always erased from the device straight away. If it is a photo, video or note that is deleted, it will be saved in a Recently Deleted folder. In your Recently Deleted folder files are saved for 30 days and then permanently deleted. Other iPhone files like text messages, iMessages, contacts and calendar entries can be recovered directly from the device with iPhone Data Recovery.
There are four ways to recover deleted iPhone notes. Follow the tutorial that is best for you below, to retrieve your lost notes.
Recover deleted text messages straight from iPhone
Step 2 – Open Recently Deleted folder
Open the Recently Deleted folder and search for the note(s) you’d like to recover. If you do not see them here, proceed to the next tutorial below.
Step 4 – Move back to main folder
Select ‘Move To…’ and tap the folder you would like to move the deleted note(s) back to.
Recover deleted Notes with iPhone Data RecoveryStep 1 – Download Enigma Recovery free trial
Download the Enigma Recovery free trial from this website to your computer or laptop, and install the software.Step 2 – Connect iPhone to computer
Open the software and use a USB cable to connect your iPhone to the computer or laptop you are using.Step 3 – Select to scan iPhone for Notes
Select the types of data you would like to recover from the phone. After you have done this, start the scan. The software will scan your phone for existing and deleted data types on the folders you have selected.Step 4 – View deleted Notes
After the software has finished scanning your phone, you will be able to click onto the Notes tab to view your deleted notes. In the free trial version, you will be able to view only a portion of your deleted notes. Unlock the full version of Enigma Recovery to view and save all recovered data.Step 5 – Save iPhone Notes
To save recovered Notes make sure you are using the unlocked version of Enigma Recovery. Go to: ‘Export & Restore’ > ‘Export to desktop’ > Select location folder ‘Browse’ > ‘Export’.
Recover deleted Notes from iTunes backup
If you synced your iPhone to iTunes after the notes were created but before they were deleted you will be able to retrieve your lost notes from an iTunes backup file. Use the tutorial below to see how.Step 1 – Download Enigma Recovery free trial
Use the download buttons on this website to download Enigma Recovery. Enigma Recovery is an iPhone data recovery tool that will allow you to scan your iPhone or iPhone backup file to retrieve deleted data.Step 2 – ‘Recover from my iTunes’
Open the software to the start screen and select ‘Recover from my iTunes’ from the side menu.Step 3 – Select backup to recover from
The software will show you all the iTunes backup files created on your computer or laptop. Choose the one you would like to retrieve data from and ‘Continue’.Step 4 – Select data types to scan
Select the data types you would like to retrieve from this iPhone backup file and start the scan. The scan time, will depend on how much data is in your backup file.Step 5 – View recovered Notes
View your retrieved Notes after the software has finished scanning by clicking onto the Notes tab. You will be able to view all your notes in the full, unlocked version of Enigma Recovery.Step 6 – Save Notes to computer
You can save retrieved Notes to your computer or your laptop by using the export function. ‘Export & Restore’ > ‘Export to desktop’ > Save to folder location ‘Browse’ > ‘Export’.
Recover deleted Notes from iCloud backup
If you synced your iPhone to iTunes after the notes were created but before they were deleted you will be able to retrieve your lost notes from an iTunes backup file. Use the tutorial below to see how.Step 1 – Download Enigma Recovery
Download the Enigma Recovery free trial from this website. Once the install is complete, open the software to the start screen.Step 2 – ‘Recover from my iCloud’
Choose ‘Recover from my iCloud’ from the menu at the side.Step 3 – Log into iCloud
Now log into your iCloud. The software will keep your login secure by offering iCloud two-factor authentication login. Your login details will not be saved.Step 4 – Select iCloud backup
Once you have logged into iCloud, the software will display all the iCloud backup files you can recover data from. Select the backup file you wish to recover Notes from.Step 5 – Select data type: Notes
Select the data types you would like to recover from the backup file and start the scan.Step 6 – View Notes
To view your retrieved Notes, click onto the Notes tab after the scan.Step 7 – Save Notes
To save retrieved data to your computer go to: ‘Export & Restore’ > ‘Export to desktop’ > Folder location ‘Browse’ > ‘Export’.
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