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How do I get a deleted Note back? (no iTunes backup)

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Jonait Calculating status...
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Jul 8, 2012 7:42 AM

My iPhone notes are all synced via iCloud (i guess) to my computer (mac) and shows up in the, I accidentally deleted a very important note while in the on my mac, now its suddenly all gone from my iPhone (since I guess it synced wireless via icloud again),


How do I get it back? I have not synced the iPhone to iTunes since the note vas created and hence, I guess I cant use

itunes backup to restore it.



Please, any advices are much appreciated!

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7)
  • Lawrence Finch Level 7 Level 7 (24,485 points)

    Use Time Machine to restore it to the and it should sync via iCloud to the phone.

  • Lawrence Finch Level 7 Level 7 (24,485 points)

    If you had been using Time Machine (or one of hundreds of other backup options) that would be an easy solution, but if you have not been it is too late now. Something to think about for the future.

  • Ian Parkinson Level 6 Level 6 (10,365 points)

    Is it in your email Trash folder?

    If it is then drag it back to the notes folder.

  • olequijote Calculating status...
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    Jan 22, 2013 6:12 AM (in response to Jonait)

    Yes, there is a way to recover it.



    The way I did it was to:



    1. Go to my iPad (or any iDevice): Settings: General: Reset: Erase All Content and Settings.  This will wipe clean the iDevice, prompting you to set up as a new device or restore from an iTunes or iCloud backup.



    2. Restore from iCloud backup.  I had just deleted the note, so I chose an iCloud backup from the day before. You will need to be connected to your wifi network at this point.  Let it go through the motions of restoring the information.  It will give you an "estimated time remaining" status bar.  You need to be by your router at this point.  Once it finishes restoring, your iDevice will reboot. During the reboot, your iDevice will be loading all of the information that it just downloaded from the iCloud backup.  At this point, your old note will be in there, but as soon as it loads, if you're connected to the internet, it will re-sync with iCloud and you'll will right back where you were before you did the restore. I know because I did it once already.  To stop this from happening:



    3. As soon as your iDevice starts to reboot, turn off your wifi router or otherwise make it to where the iDevice has no internet connection. Your iDevice will finish loading the iCloud backup, and your notes will be as they were the day before or at the time of the last back up.



    I only had one note that I needed to retrieve, so I copied it and opened an email and emailed it to myself. I was a little concerned that this may not work, seeing as I was not connected to the internet, but, once I reconnected, the email sent. Naturally, at that point my notes were all synced back to current, but I had the note in the email and, thus, was able to recreate the note.

  • rick_griswold Calculating status...
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    Jan 28, 2013 7:02 AM (in response to Jonait)

    Here is my advise ( to anyone who may need it ):

    1. Take your Notes app and move it to a folder wayyy in the back of your device.

    2. Go to the App Store and download the free Simplenote App. Or get it here....

    3. This app allows for restoring notes from the trash with one 'simple' click.



    Have a good day!

  • vdaze Calculating status...

    It worked for me with my iPhone! I just made sure I turned it to airplane mode immediately after reboot, since I suppose it could still sync via 3G.


    Thanks for the help though olequijote!

  • fromsouth Level 4 Level 4 (3,170 points)
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    Feb 14, 2013 2:21 PM (in response to vdaze)

    vdaze, mark ole's answer as answered question. Those are excellent instructions that will allow people not only retrieve notes, but also calendars or contacts deleted same way. I have been using those instructions for a while, but would never be able to create such a comprehensive guide.

  • vdaze Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)



    I don't seem to know how to mark things as answered... Either I'm a forum newbie and I don't know what I'm doing, or this was started as a discussion thread and not a question thread, or only the original poster can mark a question as answered.


    But the good new is that my notes are restored!

  • fromsouth Level 4 Level 4 (3,170 points)
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    Feb 14, 2013 3:28 PM (in response to vdaze)

    Sorry buddy, you r right, I didn't look at op's name.

    Too bad his post will die in the dark.

  • kamel3d Calculating status...

    I was editing  a note on my mac and accidentally I pasted a space and I thought I was pasting a style on all the text in that note, and as soon as I did it the note got deleted because it dose not kip empty notes, so undo don't work and no thing work then when I run to my icluod I found it updated and the note also gone and on all my other ios devices, How stupid is that!

  • Lawrence Finch Level 7 Level 7 (24,485 points)

    The stupid part is having no iTunes backup. All of the rest follows naturally.


    If you take important notes you probably should be using the built in Notes app, which is really bare bones. Mor powerful apps such as evernote wouldn't have this problem.

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