Your iPad is a tremendous tool that can perform a wide range of tasks from the basic to the complex. These tablets were game-changing tech devices when they first debuted nearly a decade ago and they still are on the cutting-edge of their market niche. If you own one of these devices you know how useful and convenient they can be. Modern iPads can now even rival some computers with all of the tasks they are able to complete.
A common feature that many iPad owners use constantly is the Notes app. This app comes standard on macOS and allows you to easily record any ideas, make lists, or note any other type of important information that you want to make a record of. It is a digital version of a notepad and can be useful for just about anyone. But what happens if you accidentally or intentionally delete a note from this program?
Fortunately, you can recover deleted notes on your iPad in a few different ways. If you thought your important list or a great idea was lost forever, by attempting one of the methods listed below, you may be able to restore it. We will walk through each step and show you how to recover any deleted notes on your iPad.
How Notes Get Deleted from iPad
Even though an iPad can perform many of the same features of a computer, it does function and operate differently. If you have a Mac computer you are probably familiar with the trash can as the location where deleted files go after you choose to get rid of them. iPads do not have this same feature so once you choose to delete a file, such as a note, you might think that it is gone forever.
If you make notes often, they might not always be that important. I write down grocery lists or other random information that I only need access to for a short period of time. Since these notes are not that important, I usually delete them once or twice a week to clean up my notebook. But during this process, it’s easy to accidentally delete an important note that you were not intending to.
How to Recover Deleted Notes on iPad
Method 1: Use Recently Deleted Folder to Recover Notes on iPad
There is a great feature built into the Notes app that can help you easily recover deleted notes on your iPad. The Recently Deleted folder functions similarly to the trash can on a Mac computer in that it stores recently deleted files for a while before they are permanently removed from the device. Once you delete a note, it will be stored in the Recently Deleted folder for up to 30 days and you can restore it during that time by following these steps:
- Open the Notes app on your iPad
- From the main Notes screen click on Folders on the top left of the screen
- Click on the Recently Deleted folder here
- Within this folder, you will see all recently deleted notes. Click on the note you wish to recover
- Tap on the note
- Click Recover when the dialogue box appears
- Your note will now be recovered back into your notes folder
Method 2: Use iCloud to Recover Deleted Notes on iPad
You can also use iCloud to easily recover deleted notes on your iPad. If you own an Apple device, you will more than likely have an iCloud account. This cloud storage system is able to make backups of all your devices and you can use this backup to restore any deleted notes that have gone missing.
To do this follow these steps:
- Open Settings on your iPad
- Click on Your Name at the top of the Settings menu
- Click on iCloud
- Click on Manage Storage
- Click on Backups
- Select the device you want to restore a backup from (iPad in this instance)
- Select a backup date that is on or before your note went missing or was deleted
- Click Restore
Method 3: Use Email to Recover Deleted Notes on iPad
When you make a note in the Notes app, the app itself will usually sync the note with your email account associated with your iPad. This makes it possible to recover any deleted notes from your iPad by using your email account. This is not always the case but it is easy to check and so is a good option if the notes are not in the Recently Deleted folder. Follow these steps to check for the deleted notes through your email account:
- Open your email account and check that program’s interface to see if you can locate your missing notes
- If you see your notes go to the Settings on your iPad
- Click on Mail, Contacts, Calendars
- Select your email account where you found the missing notes
- Slide the Notes button to the right to turn it on
Method 4: Use Data Recovery Software to Recover Deleted Notes on iPad
Another option you can use is to download and install a third-party iPad data recovery software. There are multiple options available on the market and we recommend Stellar Data Recovery. This is an easy to use program that can help you locate and recover your missing note files in a matter of minutes. They also offer a free version of the program that can be downloaded on to your iPad.
Simply download and install the program and then launch it to get started. Follow the on-screen prompts and instructions and you will quickly be able to navigate towards recovering the lost notes on your iPad. Programs such as EaseUS are pretty intuitive to use and also offer tech support if you are having any difficulties in recovering any sort of files in addition to lost notes.
A lost or deleted note on your iPad might not be that big of a deal if it is unimportant. But if you lose something that you really need to get back, you will certainly want to do all that you can to try and recover it. All of the methods listed above should allow you to recover a deleted note on your iPad. There is always a chance that the note will be gone forever but before you give up, make sure to walk through the steps listed above.
Have you ever been able to recover a deleted note from your iPad? What method did you use? Let us know in the comments below.
Andreas is a freelance tech writer based in California. He works on a Mac in the office and lives with a PC and many old computer electronics at home. While he is not reading or writing, you’ll probably find him playing online games with friends.