How to Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone in Seconds

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Everyone has accidentally deleted notes from their iPhones at some point. Luckily, there is an easy way to get your missing notes back. Read on to discover how to recover deleted notes on iPhone.

Why You’ll Love This Tip:

  • If you accidentally delete a note, you can get it back in seconds.
  • Find notes after you later realize you didn’t want to delete them.

How to Restore Notes on iPhone

System Requirements

This tip works on iPhones running iOS 17 or later. Find out how to update to the latest version of iOS.

Did your iPhone notes disappear? No problem! You can recover deleted notes on your iPhone with ease. For more tips and tricks for recovering deleted data, check out our free Tip of the Day newsletter. Now, here’s how to recover deleted notes on your iPhone:

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  1. Open the Notes app.

    iphone home screen with a red box around the notes app
  2. If you see a list of your Notes, tap the Folders button in the top left.

    iphone notes app with the folders button circled in red
  3. Tap Recently Deleted. If you do not have any recently deleted notes, this folder will not appear for you.

    iphone notes folders list with the recently deleted folder outlined in red
  4. Tap the Edit button.

    iphone notes recently deleted folder with edit button circled in red
  5. Tap the note. If you have more than one note, you can select multiple notes at once.

    iphone notes recently deleted folder with a red box around a deleted note
  6. Tap Delete to delete it, or tap Move to recover it.

    iphone notes recently deleted folder with a red box around move button
  7. After tapping Move, tap the folder where you want to move the note.

    iphone notes recently deleted folder with a red box around a list of folders to move the deleted note to

That’s how to restore notes on your iPhone after you delete them. Recently Deleted notes are stored for 30 days and are deleted completely after that. If you don’t see the note you’re looking for in this folder, it is most likely permanently lost.

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Author Details

Rhett Intriago

Rhett Intriago is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, offering his expertise in all things iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods. He enjoys writing on topics related to maintaining privacy in a digital world, as well as iPhone security. He’s been a tech enthusiast all his life, with experiences ranging from jailbreaking his iPhone to building his own gaming PC.

Despite his disdain for the beach, Rhett is based in Florida. In his free time, he enjoys playing the latest games, spoiling his cats, or discovering new places with his wife, Kyla.