How to Recover Notes from iPhone?

Have you recently lost all your notes on your iPhone? Don’t worry, there is a simple way to recover your iPhone notes from backup using these simple directions.

To avoid loosing your iPhone notes, make sure to keep a safe backup of your notes. To backup your iPhone notes, use the tiny utility below:

backup iphone notes to pc

Simply run the above on your computer, plug your iPhone in and once you see your iPhone notes, click on the "Export selected" button.


This short video shows more about backing up your iPhone notes to prevent loosing them in the future:

Lost notes - need to recover iPhone notes:

If you have already lost your notes, here is the method recommended by Apple to recover your iPhone notes:

1. Run your iTunes and navigate to Edit > Preferences (on Windows) and iTunes > Preferences (on Mac).

2. Now, go to the Devices tab and make sure to check the “Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically” option. This way you will make sure that iTunes ill not try to delete any data from your iPhone such as your songs or videos upon sync


3. Now connect your iPhone to your computer and with your iTunes open, navigate to the Info tab. Scroll down to Advanced and check Notes under “Replace information on this iPhone”. Finally, click on Sync


For a YouTube video shwing instructions about how to recover your iPhone notes, have a look below:


To back up your iPhone notes safely in order to prevent loosing them again in the future, please have a look at this page.

42 comments:

  1. Thank you, this worked wonderfully!

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  2. You are welcome! Glad it helped.

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    1. I have the same issue with lost notes but I do not have notes under the advanced section, only mail accounts can you help?

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  3. There is no way to recover notes that mysteriously disappeared during IOS update? I haven't sync'ed my phone since January 2011. Does it mean that during the stupid IOS update I permanently lost my notes? *Cry*

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    1. Gayé, unfortunately, if you didn't recenlty sync your iPhone with iTunes, there is no way for iTunes to have backed up your iPhone notes. Have a look at this in order to know how to always keep a backup of your iPhone notes on your computer:

      http://www.copytrans.net/support/how-to-backup-iphone-notes/


      Did you enable iCloud backup before upgrading to iOS 6 on your iPhone? It works the same as iTunes with constant backups made of your iPhone data such as notes. The downturn is that you need to restore all your iPhone data in order to gain access to what has been backed up.

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  4. I am trying to follow your directions, however with the updated itunes, there is no longer an Info tab across the top. Is there any way to be able to be able to do this with the updated version of itunes?

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    1. Hi The Heckster Girl!
      Indeed the new iTunes interface is a bit different. To access the Info tab, simply run iTunes, connect your iPhone and click on the "iPhone" button which appears on the top right part of iTunes main window.

      You will then see the Info tab appear back to where it is supposed to be.

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    2. Bob,

      I, too, have lost an important note (I accidentally deleted it on my iPod4 Touch) and really need it back. [The weird part is, many (but not all) of the existing notes show up in my Yahoo mail account (in the Notes folder), along with several really old ones that I haven't seen on my iPod in more than a year! Does that make sense?]

      Anyway-- I'm running the latest iTunes on a MacBook Pro, and I see no iPhone indicator anywhere, let alone at the upper right window/menu. Any suggestions?

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  5. Everything was working except for the second to last step, it won't let me click on notes at all. Do you know what I do?

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  6. Same here, i cant click on "Notes" at all in Advanced...

    What should i do?

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  7. DGilmore, and sHin, if you cannot click on "Notes" this means that your iTunes backup does not contain any notes. Therefore, there is nothing to "replace" your existing iPhone notes.

    The only thing that you can do in this case is to make sure to always back up your future iPhone notes directly on your PC:

    http://transfer-iphone-contacts.blogspot.com/p/how-to-recover-notes-from-iphone.html


    You will therefore will always be in possession of your notes and should you lose access to your iPhone for one reason or another, you can then quickly restore from the backed-up notes.

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  8. the box on iTunes is grayed out for me. i recently upgraded to the iPhone 4g from the 3gs and when my info was transferred over it erased my notes. its not letting me retrieve those notes with your instructions.

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  9. My notes option was grayed out for me as well, though I definitely had notes that I had accidentally erased. So tried "restoring" my iPhone to the last point/time I had connected and synced to my pc and that worked! It took about 5 minutes, but the notes I had erased popped up again in my iPhone. Thanks for this post.

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    1. Michael, you are welcome! Indeed if the notes checkbox is greyed out, there is not much else to do than to restore the whole information on your iPhone (sittings, notes, contacts, calendars, etc) from a previous backup via the "Restore from Backup" function in iTunes.

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    2. PLEASE HELP!!! i thought when i would connect my iphone and it sync it meant everything was backed up already I REALLY NEED MY NOTES I DIDNT EVEN ERASED THEM BUT FOR SOME REASON WHEN I HAD MY FINGER ON IT A CERTAIN WAY IT DELETED EVERYTHING!!! so my question is if i did what MICHEAL MCMANUS did up there im afraid everything on my phone will be gone ); i dont know what to do i just really need to get them back PLEASE HELP i know u already explained it but hopefully micheal can tell me more about what he did!!!

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    3. Jeanny, if you restore your iPhone via iTunes to the last-made backup, you don't rist loosing all your iPhone data. What you need to make sure before you restore is that you have all of your iPhone photos (outside of the Camera Roll) backed up on your PC + all of your songs and videos on your iPhone already within your iTunes library.

      If the backup-made with iTunes was recent (note that iTunes backs up your iPhone data upon each sync), you don't risk losing a lot, if any data as your iPhone Notes, Contacts, Settings, SMS text messages and Camera Roll photos will be restored from the time you last made the backup. The more recent the backup, the better.

      If the iTunes backup is not recent enough for all your current iPhone contacts, calendars, text messages to be restored, I would suggest you backup your iPhone contacts, calendars and text messages by following this guide first:

      http://transfer-iphone-contacts.blogspot.com/2012/03/export-iphone-contacts-using-new-tool.html

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  10. I went to the Genius Bar to get help with a mail problem and in the process the "genius" inadvertantly lost my irreplaceable notes, either by synching my iphone to my laptop or possibly by deleting some old email accounts from my iphone. We spent a long time looking for them in the store, and now I'm home doing more research. As far as I understood, these notes lived on my phone. I would restore from a back up but the only one showing on itunes is the one he did in the store. Is there a way to get access to an earlier backup of my phone?

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  11. I used the newly installed Copy Trans program and it copied all my contacts onto my computer, but it has not copied any of my notes to create the backups (I was having trouble with the notes just disappearing even as I was reading them; just happened this morning with a recently written note - it just disappeared)
    There is nothing that populates in the notes category when I have opened the CopyTrans.
    I have not been using iTunes to back up anything (just charge my phone from the wall), so now i have it for contacts, but need it for notes!
    any suggestions??

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    1. Susan, it could be that you have your iPhone notes syncing via a cloud account such as iCloud or Gmail. If you disable that account on your iPhone, the notes will disappear. CopyTrans Contacts, on the other hand, can see all your iCloud, Gmail, or Yahoo notes and back them up for you.

      Have a look at this page to find out how to back up your cloud notes and other iPhone notes to your computer:

      http://transfer-iphone-contacts.blogspot.com/p/copy-icloud-notes-to-pc_3.html

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  12. I did everything exactly as per your instructions but when I got to the part under Info tab, Advanced, there was no check box for Notes. The only option was Mail Accounts. Also, I have an iPhone 5.

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    1. Hi, browneyez712. If the Notes checkbox is greyed out, this means that unfortunately your iTunes iOS backup does not contain your iPhone notes. iTunes is not the best way to back up your iPhone notes. In the future be sure to do so in order not to loose access to your notes. To learn how to back up your iPhone notes, please refer to the following page:

      http://transfer-iphone-contacts.blogspot.com/2012/10/pc-transfer-iphone-notes.html

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  13. I am trying to recover notes, on step 3 of need to recover notes, i have opened itunes and it looks nothing like what i see in your screenshot. there are no tabs that say- summary,apps, info. My tabs say - songs, artists etc...no info tab. what should i do now?

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    1. Hi w2yano,

      Are you making sure to have your iDevice connected to your iTunes? The Info tab will appear once you connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch to your computer and run iTunes.

      Let me know.

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  14. I have a total of 36 notes, 6 of which were "created" inadvertently under Gmail. I can see them on my iPod (gen 3, running iOS 5.1.1) but not on my Gmail account. I setup my Gmail account under CopyTrans, but the 6 notes do not show up. Short of manually copying them, is there any way of exporting them, or moving them from Gmail to on my iPod Touch?

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    1. Hi Skip, if you see the notes on your iPod but the notes do not appear under your Gmail account, could it mean that the notes are under another account instead?

      To check this:

      1. Run the Notes app on your iPod

      2. Tap on the "Accounts" button on the top left

      3. Double-check under which account the notes show up

      4. Let me know

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  15. I need serious help!!!!! My moms notes on her iPhone all mysteriously disapeared! She hasn't backed up her phone at all in the year that she's had it. Is there ANY way I can restore her notes without a backup on iTunes???? She's been collecting these for about 6 months now and it's really important!!

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    1. Hello. Did your mom do anything specific on the iPhone before the notes disappeared (i.e. enable iCloud sync, etc)?

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    2. No she didn't :/ is all lost then?

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  16. My daughter has and iphone 4 and she did not back up any of the info, pictures, music, contacts etc. I took the phone to a local repair shop that supposedly specialize in restoring info. They worked on it for several hours and finally said there is nothing that can be done. All is lost. Does anyone have any idea's ??
    Mike S

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    1. Hi Mike, not all could be lost. Did you know that each time your daughter would sync the iPhone with iTunes on her computer, iTunes makes automatic backups? Check out this article for more information about these automatic iOS backups:

      http://goo.gl/MlZNCD

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  17. It didn't work. I still couldn't find the lost notes.

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    1. Hello Alain, how did you lose your notes in first place?

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  18. I cannot find the "Info" tab in my iTunes with my iPhone connected, even after I select the iPhone it does not show an info tab

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  19. Hello Michelle, this is odd. Which version of iTunes are you running? To check this go to Help > About.

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  20. Gooday
    I have an old iphone...no longer with sim card. My notes are still on phone...but when I backed up the old phone to macbook..the notes were not saved. I now want to retrieve the notes...eg. save to macbook for reference only. I can access the phone va wireless network...but when I tried to email he notes to myself the server failed. Any suggestions on how I might retrieve and save the notes to the macbook...or my new iphone ?
    Cheers and thanks Ian

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  21. I cannot find the "Info" tab in my iTunes with my iPhone connected, even after I select the iPhone it does not show an info tab..version 1.1.3
    help~

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  22. Your analysis was complicated. Try this: I thought I'd lost my notes, too. I also have an iPad mini, and noticed the notes app icon and clicked on it. What was more obvious on the iPad was that there are different accounts; in other words, it had different sets of notes saved under different email accounts.My missing notes were saved under my icloud account, although I didn't consciously ever put the notes under any separate account. They were visible when I clicked "All Notes," too. It turns out that the phone had a different account set as the default. I changed the default on the iPhone, and there they were. I took screen shots so the notes are saved in my photos, too. This was a lot easier than checking through a lot of backups. I hope that helps. I will post this on a couple of threads I see in Apple communities. I see it's a pretty common problem.

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  23. I did an iphone backup to icloud. When I did a restore from icloud to a new iphone, the notes field under my contacts only shows a string of numbers. What happened to the info I entered into these contact fields and can it be recovered? I entered quite a bit of important info in these fields simply because it was important and I knew I wouldn't be able to remember it. Can anyone help me please???

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    1. Hello, when you log in to icloud.com on your PC, do you see the notes under each contact correctly?

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    2. I have the same problem. I've restored my backup in itunes, but it only restored olders notes entries. What happened to the newer notes I've entered throughout the year? Please help.

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