Tutorial to Recover Deleted Notes on iPad Pro/Air/mini and Earlier

"I just updated iOS 11 on my iPad mini 3 and it was failed, so I have to restore my iPhone with iTunes, anyway, all my notes have gone, and I cannot find them in Apple Notes app, is there any way to get them back? Please help."
Recover Deleted Notes

Many people use the Notes app to record summary for business meetings, holiday shopping list, homework, etc. However, crashed system, mistakenly format, accidently deleting, all those could cause important notes disappearance from your iPad. Luckily, you can learn about how to simply recover deleted notes on iPad without backup or from iTunes/iCloud backup in this tutorial.

Part 1: How to recover deleted notes on iPad

In this part, we are going to show you how to recover deleted notes on iPad without backups.

Way 1: Recover deleted notes on iPad via the recently delete feature

You know what? Apple may have notices, such impossibility that people want to recover deleted notes on iPad due to some reasons. Therefore, it designed a feature called Recently Delete. In another word, when you delete some notes on iPad, they are not gone, but save in the Recently Delete folder for 30 days.

Step 1. Open the Notes app from your iPad home screen once you discover deleting important notes by mistake. Select "Recently Deleted" on the Folder screen.

Step 2. Now, you can see all notes deleted within 30 days. Tap on "Edit" menu on top of the screen and then select all notes you want to recover.

Step 3. Tap on the "Move To" option on bottom and select a folder or create a new folder to save the recovered notes.

The Recently Delete feature is only available to iOS 8 and later.

Recently Deleted

Way 2: Recover deleted notes on iPad professionally

Actually, the recently deleted feature has many limitations, such as no more than 30 days. And if you reset or restore your iPad, this feature is invalid. The alternative option is professional data recovery tools, such as Apeaksoft iPhone Data Recovery. Its key features include:

  • Recover deleted notes on iPad due to reset, restore, system-crash or mistakenly deletion.
  • Get back lost note from iPad device without backup.
  • Retrieve certain notes from iTunes or iCloud backups.
  • In addition to notes, it also supports a variety of data types, like contacts, reminders, memos, photos, videos, music and more.
  • Compatible with iPad Pro/Air/mini 4/mini 3/mini 2/mini 1 and earlier generations.
  • Available to Windows 10/8/8.1/7/XP and macOS and before.

In short, it is the easiest way to recover deleted notes on iPad.


Step 1. Install the deleted notes recovery tool to computer

Get the iPad data recovery software installed on your computer. It has one version for Windows and Mac respectively. Register the program if you have already purchased. Launch the software on your computer.


Step 2. Preview deleted notes on iPad for recovery

Select "Recover from iOS Device" on the home interface and click the "Start Scan" button. When it is done, you will be taken to the details window. Select "Notes" under "Memos & Others" on left side.


Step 3. Recover deleted notes on iPad

Browse and check the boxes of the deleted notes to recover on the list and click the "Recover" button to get back lost notes from iPad.

Part 2: How to recover deleted notes on iPad from iTunes backup

If you have turned on automatic backup feature on iPad, your notes and other data would be saved in iTunes backups. Apeaksoft iPhone Data Recovery is able to open iTunes backup and do selectively restoring.

Step 1. Switch to iTunes backup recovery mode

Also start the desktop program. Choose "Recover from iTunes Backup File" to switch to this mode.

iTunes Backup

Step 2. Open iTunes backup for deleted notes recovery

Select the latest iTunes backup or any backup file containing the deleted notes. Click "Start Scan" button to start extracting data from iTunes backup.


Step 3. Recover deleted notes on iPad simply

When going into the details window, select "Notes" on left ribbon and choose the notes to get back on right side. Finally, click the "Recover" button to complete it.

Part 3: Recover Notes on iPad from iCloud backup

If you use iCloud to back up your iPad, iPhone Data Recovery could help you recover deleted notes, too.

Step 1. Turn to iCloud backup recovery mode

Open the best notes recovery tool, choose "Recover from iCloud Backup File" and sign in your iCloud account and password to access your iCloud backups.

iCloud Backup

Step 2. Extract deleted notes from iCloud backup

Select a proper iCloud backup and click the "Download" button. After downloaded, all data will be presented in the backup. Select "Notes" on left sidebar and preview deleted notes on right.


Step 3. Recover deleted notes on iPad from iCloud backup

Select desired notes and hit the "Recover" button. Then on the popup dialog, input a folder to save the notes, click "Recover" again to retrieve them. For more details about how to recover notes from iCloud, check this post.

Part 4: Retrieve Missing Notes on iPad Using Email

If you have set up your email with the Notes app, deleted notes recovery on iPad should be a simple task.

Step 1. Open your email account on your browser and look at whether the deleted notes in your email.

Step 2. If you find the lost notes, open the iPad "Settings" app, go to "Mail" and select your email account.

Step 3. Turn off "Notes" and turn it on again to recover deleted notes on iPad.


Recommend: iOS Data Backup & Restore

Apeaksoft iOS Data Backup & Restore is a professional backup tool for iPad. Its main features include:

  • 1. Back up entire iPad in one click.
  • 2. Select notes on iPad to create a selective backup simply.
  • 3. Besides notes, contacts, SMS, call history, reminders, calendars, photos, music, videos, and more.
  • 4. Restore deleted notes on iPad from backups.
  • 5. Support all iPad models and iOS 11/10/9 or earlier.
  • 6. Run on Windows 10/8/7/XP and macOS 11.

In short, it could help you recover deleted notes.

iOS Data Backup & Restore


In this tutorial, we have shared four ways to recover deleted notes on iPad via Notes app, iTunes or iCloud backup, and email. When you lost important notes on your iPad, you can follow the guides above to get them back easily. In addition, we recommended the best iPad notes backup tool, Apeaksoft iOS Data Backup & Restore, to avoid data loss.

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