How to Recover Lost or Deleted Notes from iPad

Accidentally deleting your notes can be frustrating, and losing them can shift your entire plans by cluttering all your lists. So, it becomes essential to keep your notes backed up and synced to the cloud. This helps keep them secure and makes it possible to recover them in any kind of data loss.

However, if you did lose some of your notes or accidentally deleted any, there are multiple ways to get them back. Apple also has a “Recently Deleted” folder to help you recover files without any major setbacks. So, let’s take a look at all the recovery processes and help you get back on track.

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How to recover a deleted note?

So, you mistakenly deleted a note and want to recover it back. Well, if you deleted your notes recently, you can use the easy-to-use integrated “Recently Deleted” folder that Apple designed explicitly for this scenario. All you need to do is follow the steps below, and you’ll get your notes back.

Step 1: Firstly, go to your Notes app and then click on the back button to take you to the folders list. Now, select the “Recently Deleted” folder and look for the notes you want to recover.

Step 2: Now, select the note you want to recover and click on the “Edit” button. Finally, click on the “Move To” button and move the deleted note to the “Notes” folder, and you should be able to recover the lost notes.

If you can’t find the note you deleted

However, if you can’t find the deleted notes and don’t know what to do, the 3rd-part desktop iPad data recovery tools help you. iMyFone D-Back is one of great apps that can help scan your iPad for lost files and hence, help you recover those files.

iMyFone D-Back works way better than any regular old iTunes backup and can be used to recover files from all Apple devices. All you need to do is follow the steps below, and you will be able to recover all your lost notes.

Step 1: Download and install the iMyFone D-Back app and then run it to be greeted with a screen similar to the screenshot above.

Step 2: Next, you need to click on the “Recover from iOS Device” tool and then select the “Notes” checkbox and then click on the green “Next” button as shown above.

Step 3: Now, you will be prompted with a screen that will ask you to connect your device with your PC. So, get a cable and connect your iPad to your Mac or Windows PC.

Step 4: Now, the app will start analyzing and scanning through your iPad to look for all deleted and recoverable notes. Give it a few minutes and let the process complete.

Step 5: Once the app stops scanning through your device, it should display a screen similar to the screenshot above. All your deleted notes should be visible on your screen, and you can select them and click on the green “Recover” button.

Step 6: Now, you need to select the format and then the save location. This will save the recovered files in the specified folder, and you can access them later or transfer them back to your iPad.

Step 7: Finally, you should be greeted with a “Congratulations” screen, and all your deleted notes should be recovered back in the specified directory.

Restore an iTunes backup

Another way you can get your notes back is by restoring an iTunes backup with the lost notes files in it. This might take some time and require you to make a backup beforehand, but the process is guaranteed to restore the notes. So, follow the process below and restore an iTunes backup to your iPad.

Step 1: Connect your iPad to your computer and run iTunes or Finder. Let the app scan your iPad, and then you should see a pop-up to enter the device passcode or a “Trust this computer” option.

Step 2: Next, click on the “Restore iPad” button as shown above in the screenshot and select the latest backup that you have.

Step 3: Let the process complete, and your iPad should restart with all the files restored. However, you will lose all your data that isn’t present on your backup. So, make sure to keep your new files stored or synced to iCloud.

Keep your notes synced through iCloud or Gmail

Prevention is always better than cure. Losing your notes can be devastating, so backing them up and syncing them to your iCloud account is the safest means to keep your notes safe. So, here’s a way to keep your notes safe, and all you need to do is enable a few things.

Sync with iCloud

Syncing with iCloud is the safest way you can get your notes on all your devices. It helps you back up your notes and syncs them across all your devices.

Just go to your iPad settings and then go to the iCloud section and enable the “Notes” button. This will enable the sync option with your iCloud account, and all your notes will be synced to your cloud drive.

Enable sync with Gmail

The other way you can sync your notes is through using a Gmail account. All you need to do is connect your Gmail account on your iPad and enable notes syncing to your Google Drive. Follow the process below to sync your notes to your Gmail account.

Step 1: First, go to your iPad settings and then look for the “Mail” section. Click on it and then select the “Add Account” button and add your Gmail account.

Step 2: Next, you need to click on your Gmail account and enable the “Notes” option as shown above. This will start syncing all your notes to your google drive account and help keep your notes secure and safe from accidental deletion.


Can I get back deleted notes on iPad?

Yes, you can get back deleted notes on your iPad. However, you would need to check if the notes were deleted recently or months ago. Suppose you have mistakenly deleted some notes recently. In that case, you can get them back with the default “Recently Deleted” folder, but if you don’t know when the note was lost, and the “Recently Deleted” folder doesn’t have the note, then you would need to use a backup or a third-party app such as iMyFone D-Back to recover the file.

Can you recover permanently deleted notes through iCloud?

Yes, you can recover permanently deleted notes through iCloud. If you have a backup stored on your iCloud drive and lost a file, you can just go back to your device and sync or restore data from the iCloud account. This may take a little bit of time, but you will get all your notes back once the backup has been restored.

Are Apple Notes permanently deleted?

No, if you delete a note from your Apple device, it instantly gets stored in the “Recently Deleted” folder. This can help you restore your lost notes and can also help you recover mistakenly deleted files. However, if you want to delete notes permanently, you need to delete the note from the “Recently Deleted” folder too.

Where are Apple Notes files stored?

You can find all your notes stored in your device’s home Library at the path – /Library/Containers/com.apple. Notes/Data/Library/Notes/. Go to Finder and enter the path, and you can check if the folder is hidden or not, and all your notes should be present there.

How do I restore notes from Apple backup?

You can restore notes from an Apple Backup by using iTunes or Finder on your Mac or Windows PC. Connect your device with your computer and use iTunes to restore the backup to your iPad or iPhone. This process may take some time, but once it completes, all your notes and other deleted files would be restored as it was when it was backed up.

Final words

As discussed earlier, losing your notes can get devastating and frustrating. Don’t worry, as we have the perfect solution, and using it can help you restore all your deleted or lost notes. However, prevention is better than cure, and we also recommend you start making backups and syncing your notes to your iCloud account.

We hope that the process and tools above have helped you get your notes back and help you go forward without worries. With that said, we have reached the end and hope you don’t lose any of your notes ever again.

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