How can I recover notes that have disappeared from my iPhone 4 if syncing from iCloud does not work?

Elizabeth Wen Tortora May 3, 2012

I have lost all my notes on my iPhone 4 except for one. I tried syncing and restoring to iCloud. It seems to have just disappeared! Is there a way to get it back?

  1. Bill
    October 1, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    Try this, it worked for me. Do a spotlight search for one of your notes. When I did it it found the note even though my notes were gone. When I clicked on it from spotlight search all my notes came back.

    Now maybe someone can help me. Now only one of my notes has disappeared. Unfortunately it's an important one. Anyone have any ideas?

    • kyle
      October 4, 2012 at 4:24 pm

      how do you make a spot light search
      thanks for any help

      • dan
        November 12, 2012 at 3:59 am


        Its the little spotlight thing in the top right corner of the screen

    • Todd
      November 14, 2012 at 5:14 am


  2. Pradeep R
    September 29, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    well notes unlike (apps and songs) gets synced automatically by default to icloud via your mail account so if u don't have a backup in your system, you may be lucky to get them back via email sync, just try and use old icloud id and apple id,

  3. Vibhor Gaur
    May 11, 2012 at 3:50 am

    Hello Elizabeth
    Try running Time Machine in if older version of your iCloud notes were saved there. you can copy and paste them back.

    P.S- Many people having the same problem, so please don’t just rely on iCloud assuming it is a perfect way to save your data.

  4. Laga Mahesa
    May 11, 2012 at 2:11 am

    The odds aren't good. If they are old notes, they *might* still exist in your iTunes backup. Get iBackupBot (or something similar) that allows you to browse backups and find the notes database.

    If you do find them, you then have the fun of injecting that into your iPhone - use iFunBox for this.

    iOS notes are stored in a single database file, so it's practically impossible to restore old notes. This is why I don't use it and have opted for NoteBooks (by Alfons Schmid), which syncs notes with Dropbox as individual text files.

  5. Kyem Ghosh
    May 4, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    If you don't have the sync, you have no other way out!!!!!

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