3 Solutions for Retrieving Deleted or Missing Notes on iPad

Last updated: Jun. 7, 2017

Have you ever deleted some notes on your iPad, or you found several notes missing after updating your iPad to a newer iOS? It can be really upset to see some of the content you've spent hours working lost all of a sudden.

Fortunately, there are a few solutions you can try to recover these deleted or lost notes from your iPad. Chances of recovery isn't a guaranteed 100%, but it's worth trying.

Kind tip: if you decide to restore your iPad from an available backup that you have, make sure you first backup your recent content (especially contacts, photos, videos, etc.) just in case.

#1: check your latest iCloud backups

Go to Apple iCloud official website — www.icloud.com log into your account using your Apple ID. You should be able to see the main screen similar to the screenshot below.

iCloud restore Notes

Click on the "Notes" icon, now check if your missing notes are here. If yes, restore them to your iPad by following this Apple official guide.

#2: recover from iTunes backup on your PC or Mac

Open iTunes app on your computer, click the iTunes logo on the top left corner, select "Preferences" > "Devices," now check if you have backed up your iPad before. If you do, remember to check the date the backup was made. Because if you have backed up since your notes were deleted or missing, you'll not have the notes on that backup. Read this Apple guide if you need any help.

iTunes device backups screenshot

#3: Use data recovery software

If the above two solutions didn't work out, then your last chance is to try some third-party data rescue programs. Note: there is a vast range of file recovery software available on the market, but few are capable of handling data loss from iPads.

Hence, we have reviewed a list of best iPad recovery tools in another article. What differentiates these software from Apple's iTunes or iCloud backup solutions is: they are able to directly scan your iPad to look for your recently deleted items.

Dr.Fone, for example, has three recovery modes, one of which is "Recover from iOS Devices" — that allows you to scan for any recoverable data directly from your iPad after it's connected.

Get Dr.Fone for iOS to PC          Get Dr.Fone for iOS to Mac

Final words

Losing iPad notes you've spent hours even days working on can be scary, but recovering them is often easy provided that you've made proper backups. Also, an iPad file recovery app might help if backup solutions fail to assist.

Hope you find this iPad troubleshooting article helpful. One last tip: Apple Notes may not be the best note-taking app, EverNote has a decent word-of-mouth there and it does have a Trash feature to recycle your accidentally deleted notebooks or notes.

Cover image credit to Dummies.

Andreas Louis
 

Based in CA, Andreas is an Apple and Microsoft fanboy who works with his Mac and lives with a PC at home. He also has contributed to several other notable technology journals.

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