How to Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone

Easy Way How to Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone

As far as applications go, the in-built Notes functionality of an iPhone is quite bare bones. However, its popularity continues to grow. Mostly because of its user friendly interface and the old world charm of not having too many buttons and options. A great (and secure) repository of text snippets and doodles, the Notes app is a convenient way to sync with Siri and a handy tool for word substitutes. But when an iPhone crashes or accidental deletions happen, users may lose a lot of important data stored in Notes. If this happens, how to recover deleted Notes on iPhone?

Apple is famous for its snug hardware-software fit. Thus when information is rendered inaccessible, probing the iOS device is quite tricky. Dr. Fone from Wondershare happens to be one of the only applications in the market that has the power to conduct exhaustive scans in three separate modes to perform successful data recovery.


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Before Conducting a Scan for Notes


The following considerations should be kept in mind.

1. The scan must be initiated as soon as Notes data is lost. This is because the more an iPhone is used, the higher are the chances of new information overwriting existing data compromising the probability of scan success.

2. Scans are possible only in the Device Firmware Upgrade mode (DFU). To activate it, users must follow the Apple-prescribed sequence of actions precisely. This is problematic for many and that is why Dr. Fone offers an animated instruction screen detailing the steps.

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3. Lastly, if Dr. Fone is installed on the same computer as the iTunes account associated with the iPhone that has lost the Notes data, then users must ensure that upon establishing physical connection, auto syncing of data doesn’t happen between the two. This is possible by choosing Preferences from the iTunes dashboard, scrolling to Devices and ticking “Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically“.


Mode 1: Recover from iOS Device


Recovering data from an iOS device isn’t really the easiest task to take on. But with Dr. Fone, it can be completed in just 5 simple steps.

1. Users connect the iPhone to a PC or laptop with Dr. Fone installed on it. This is done with the help of the USB power cord that comes with the device.

2. A welcome screen appears from which the first option should be selected “Recover from iOS Device”. This choice prompts Dr. Fone to identify the make and model of the connected iPhone. Once complete, the button ‘Start Scan’ is clicked.

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3. At this point in time, if the device is already in DFU mode, the scan initiates right away. If it’s not, the instruction screen discussed previously comes on.

4. Users can know that a device is under scan by taking note of:

  • The progress bar with the time to scan completion beneath it.
  • The buttons ‘Pause’ and ‘Stop’ to the right which are used to halt the scan midway or terminate it early.


The directory to the left has a number of nodes where each node stands for a particular data format or type. The numbers next to these nodes keep increasing as the scan progresses because they stand for the files of each data type available for recovery. Users can use this directory to peruse recoverable items without disrupting the scan.

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5. When the scan completes, a display window comes up where you can select individual items or files in bulk through its checkboxes. The search bar to the right calls up Notes by name or keyword. The On/Off slider helps zero in on only the files that were deleted. Clicking the blue ‘Recover‘ button allows users the flexibility to save the notes to the computer hard disk or restore them directly to the connected iPhone.

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Mode 2: Recover from iTunes Backup File

iTunes is a manual backup provision for Apple users that works offline. If used regularly, it is a great way to recover Notes from backup files.

1. Users connect the iPhone device to Dr. Fone and select the second option Recover from iTunes Backup File.

2. Doing so immediately calls up a list of backup files that might potentially contain the needed notes. Users have to find the target file with the help of meta-data such as device name and latest backup date.

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3. Hitting the Start Scan button initiates the process and from here, the sequence follows the steps detailed in Mode 1. The end result is easy restoration of deleted Notes.

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Mode 3: Recover from iCloud Backup

In direct contrast to iTunes, the iCloud is an online backup and archiving tool offered by Apple. Here’s how to recover deleted Notes on iPhone utilizing the iCloud backup.


1. iCloud backup file recovery requires users to choose the third option from the welcome screen after connecting the iPhone to Dr. Fone.


2. From this window, enter the iCloud login credentials.

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3. A list of all iCloud backup files appear. Users must select the appropriate file and click ‘Download’.

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4. A pop-up is presented to users from which they can choose to point Dr. Fone in the direction of scanning for a particular data type. This provision shortens the total time to complete the scan. For the purpose of this tutorial, the option Notes under “Memos & Others” has to be chosen.

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5. By clicking the Next button, the scan will proceed. Notes can be saved either to the PC or laptop supporting Dr. Fone or can be directly reinstated to the connected iPhone device.

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See, there is really no confusion how to recover deleted Notes on iPhone. Dr. Fone is the easy-to-use one dashboard solution!

Recapping the key steps:

  1. Connect the iPhone to a PC or laptop with Dr. Fone installed on it.
  2. Choose a recovery mode.
  3. Choose the right backup file.
  4. Allow the scan to complete.
  5. Recover the notes that are needed.

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