How to Recover Disappeared Notes on iPhone (iOS 12 Supported)

"My Notes app disappeared from iPhone 7 suddenly, all my important notes were missing! I wonder if it works to uninstall and then reinstall Notes app. So can anybody show me how to reinstall Notes on iPhone?"
"I can't find my notes on my iPhone after iOS 12 update…"
"My Notes app has disappeared. How do I get my Notes app back on my iPhone? Any advice is appreciated."

When you open Notes app as usual but only to find that iPhone notes disappeared with nothing left, what methods will you take?

It makes people crazy to see notes on iPhone disappeared suddenly, since Notes app is a great tool to record important things.

Don't worry about that, here are 5 solutions to recover them when your iPhone notes disappeared.

iPhone Notes Disappeared

Part 1: Find Disappeared Notes on iPhone via Settings

Using email settings is a good way to get back iPhone notes that are disappeared. Using email settings seems strange, but it has been proved to be a useful solution. You may sync iPhone notes with email account unknowingly. Thus, if you delete the associated email account or haven't entered the email password, you cannot access iPhone notes.

Step 1. Locate your Gmail account

Open "Settings" app on your iPhone. Choose "Mail, Contacts and Calendars" option, then you can click "Gmail" to access its settings.

Step 2. Find back missing iPhone notes

Scroll down and turn off "Notes". Later, you can check if there is a notes folder with your disappeared iPhone notes.

You can sign into all your Gmail accounts to fix the problem that notes on iPhone disappeared. (Gmail account forgot? Recover it now.)

Find Disappeared Notes on iPhone via Settings

Part 2: Get Back Missing Notes from Recent Deleted Folder

Maybe someone deleted your iPhone notes or you just delete notes without notice. Thus, you can get notes back on iPhone from Recent Deleted folder. Be aware that your iPhone notes disappeared in Recent Deleted folder can be kept for 30 days. As a result, you can only recover lost notes on iPhone Recent Deleted folder within 30 days.

Step 1. Open Notes app

Open the Notes app and locate the Folders view. No matter which account you use, you can see each folder with the name of iCloud, Gmail, On My iPhone, Yahoo, etc. Open each folder if you are not sure where the notes disappeared on iPhone are.

Step 2. Get notes back on iPhone

Open the "Recently Deleted" folder and look through all iPhone notes you deleted before. You can tap "Edit" button in the top right corner, mark items and tap "Move to" to remove them back to a pointed folder for iPhone notes disappeared recover.

Get Back Missing Notes from Recent Deleted Folder

Part 3: Recover Disappeared Notes from iPhone Directly

If you still cannot find the missing iPhone notes, then you can try Apeaksoft iPhone Data Recovery to recover iPhone notes disappeared in 3 different methods. It does not matter if you have not backed up iPhone notes before, iPhone Data Recovery can help you recover deleted or lost iOS data up to 19 kinds directly.

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Recover and export notes from iPhone directly without backup.

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Download and restore notes from iCloud backup selectively.

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Step 1. Run iPhone Data Recovery

Download and install iPhone recovery freeware. Launch it and choose "iPhone Data Recovery" to enter its main interface.

Run iPhone Data Recovery

Step 2. Connect iPhone to computer via USB cable

Choose "Recover from iOS Device" as your default iPhone notes recovery mode. Then use a lightning USB cable to connect iPhone to your Windows or Mac computer.

If you lock notes, the here you need to input password to decrypt it for scanning now.

Connect iPhone to PC

Step 3. Scan your iPhone

Choose "Standard Mode" and then hit "Start Scan" to detect your Apple device thoroughly. Or directly click the "Start Scan" button (That depends on the different iPhone models). After iPhone scanning, you can see all available files displaying in categories.

Scan iPhone

Step 4. Recover missing iPhone notes to Mac or PC

Choose "Notes" and then preview in the right panel in detail. You can turn on "Only display the deleted item" option to access iPhone notes disappeared only.

You will notice that there are other file types that you could click to view and recover, like Messages, Contacts, Photos, etc.

Click the "Recover" button and then set a destination folder to recover disappeared or lost iPhone notes without backup.

Recover missing iPhone notes to Mac or PC

Part 4: Recover Disappeared iPhone Notes from iTunes Backup

If you have backed up iPhone notes with iTunes before, then you can restore iPhone from iTunes directly. However, you will have to accept the fact that all your existing data will be replaced with the iTunes backup.

Do not want that?

Just use iPhone Data Recovery to extract iPhone notes selectively. Compares with iTunes, iPhone Data Recovery enables users to preview and recover disappeared iPhone notes selectively.

Step 1. Open iPhone Data Recovery

Launch iPhone Data Recovery on Mac or PC. Choose "Recover from iTunes Backup File" and access all your iTunes backup files. Make sure you are using the trusted computer. Otherwise, iPhone Data Recovery may fail to detect your iTunes backup.

Choose iTunes

Step 2. Recover iPhone notes disappeared from iTunes

Press "Start Scan" after you have selected the most relevant iTunes backup. Then click "Notes" under "Memos & Others" to see existing and disappeared iPhone notes. Tick before notes you want to recover, and then click "Recover" button to get disappeared iPhone notes.

Recover iPhone notes disappeared from iTunes

Part 5: Recover Disappeared iPhone Notes from iCloud Backup

Even though your iPhone is disabled or frozen, you can still get missing iPhone notes back using iPhone Data Recovery. In addition, you are able to select which iPhone notes to recover and keep the security of other iPhone data during iCloud data recovery as well.

Step 1. Sign into iCloud account

Run iPhone Data Recovery. Choose "Recover from iCloud Backup File". Sign into iCloud account with your Apple ID and password. Then you can see all your iCloud backup files.

Sign into iCloud account

Step 2. Scan iPhone Notes

Select one iCloud backup and choose "Download" button besides. Now you can tick "Notes" and press "Next" to extract iPhone notes from iCloud backup only.

Scan iPhone Notes

Step 3. Recover iPhone notes with iCloud backup

Select "Notes" in the left panel. Then you can choose the certain iPhone notes to preview detail information. Mark before iPhone notes lost after iOS 10 update, iOS 11 update, etc. Finally, tap "Recover" to get notes back on iPhone without data loss. Besides notes, it also can help you recover text messages on iPhone with ease.

Recover iPhone Notes


This page shows you 5 solutions to get back the disappeared notes on iPhone. You can find them through your Recently Deleted Folder, settings and iPhone Data Recovery. Among, iPhone Data Recovery is the easiest method to find disappeared notes, whether you create a backup or not. Surely, the best way is to develop a good habit to backup iPhone notes to avoid any data loss.

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