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drmenchaca Level 1 (0 points)

Since 4 days ago, suddenly  I've missed almost all my notes, most of them, very important to me, maybe it happened after an Office for Mac actualization, particularly, an Outlook actualization.

I know that it is a common situation, can somebody help me?

Thanks in advance.


iPhone 4S, iOS 5.1.1
  • randers4 Level 9 (62,685 points)

    If you synced your phone while these notes were still on it and you haven't synced again since they were deleted, you may be able to recover them by restoring your phone to your last backup (the backup includes notes).  This will revert your settings and data to those contained in the backup (not just notes) so be sure to save any more recent data prior to restoring).  To do this:


    1. Without connecting your phone, open iTunes on your computer and go to Preferences, on the Devices tab check "Prevent...from syncing automatically".
    2. Connect your phone to your computer, right-click on the name of your phone when it appears in iTunes on the left sidebar and select Restore from Backup, choose your most recent backup to restore from.
    3. When this finishes you can go back to iTunes>Prerferences>Devices and re-enable automatic syncing.
  • DAZ456 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have my Ipad notes and calendar synched to gmail and with gmail you can restore some deleted items (e.g. notes from the ipad).  I just went into the trash and was able to restore some notes i inadvertently deleted on the ipad.

  • seesamfly Level 1 (5 points)

    If the notes weren't deleted, i.e., they just disappeared, AND if you have a yahoo mail account as your default e-mail, check your e-mail "My Folders" box for a folder labeled "Notes." All of your notes should be there. No syncing required for this, they are automatically updated (through the cloud, I guess), so you don't have to worry about losing your latest inputs.

  • Poloand23s Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you so much! This worked. 100% accurate info. My yahoo account is my default e-mail. I did find notes folder and my lost notes were recovered! I have to add a note. I only see notes folder when logging into yahoo mail from a standard computer, does not show up on iphone mail. Thanks so much seesamfly I never realized how important my notes are until I lost them. I think they disappeared after doing a icloud backup. Watch out people.

  • seesamfly Level 1 (5 points)

    So glad to hear that this was useful for you.

  • sheliafromwa Level 1 (0 points)

    This was very helpful seesamfly!  Thank you for posting that fix.  It truly was a life saver!!!

  • seesamfly Level 1 (5 points)

    You're welcome!

  • Jason Mcc Level 1 (0 points)

    This workd for me also, but how do I get the notes from my yahoo mail back onto my notes on my iphone?

  • notlikepeople Level 1 (0 points)

    Thankyou so much! This worked perfectly and I have all my notes back. This is so fantastic I've been in a bad mood for days because I had important stuff written down and I thought I'd lost it forever. Thankyou again!

  • notlikepeople Level 1 (0 points)

    You might just have to copy and paste them back on. I'm a bit wary about putting anything in my notes for fear that I might lose them again, and this time permanently.

  • seesamfly Level 1 (5 points)

    You're welcome, notlikepeople.

    JasonMcc, I don't recall how I got them back to my cell phone; I may have copy/pasted, but I think that I synced my iPhone to iTunes and got them back. But what I have done so that I don't run the risk of losing them again is to e-mail my notes to an address that I have set up exclusively for notes. No more worries when they disappear from my iPhone.

  • ESTO416 Level 1 (0 points)

    I had the same problem and found this thread helpful, thanks seesamfly. Anyone using a yahoo mail account will find this info from yahoo partially helpful: ML


    My latest struggle was, how to prevent yahoo from deleting the iphone notepad entries after they move over to the yahoo mail folder (still find that weird, but, then again, what a relief to find my missing notes there).


    After an agonizing run around with yahoo and rogers chat support, (rogers is the provider of mine that packages yahoo for their subscribers but know nothing about the yahoo product), I finally found a way to turn off notes from syncing which will keep iPhone notepad notes intact (but I will need to give up the back up to yahoo notes folder - the price I'm willing to pay):


    From iPhone, select Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Accounts: Yahoo! > Notes - slider "off"

  • texas_transplant89 Level 1 (0 points)

    I am having the same problem. Yahoo account is my default e-mail, and my laptop is a PC.  I also found that the only way to put the notes back onto my iphone 4 is to copy & paste them back in.


    The problem is that the app keeps losing notes about every 2 weeks, dropping the 10-15 notes I've used most recently. Of course it also happens just when I'm away from my laptop and need that particular note, only to find it missing! Is anyone else having this same RECURRING frustrating problem?


    Is this a Yahoo problem? Is this an incompatibility problem with my PC? My gmail is set up as an exchange account (the only way it would work on my iphone 4). Can the notes be set up thru gmail/exchabge instead of Yahoo? Does attaching the notepad app to gmail/exchange get rid of this problem?


    BTW, unlike EST0416, I'm not willing to turn off the syncing -- too worried about REALLY losing my notes.

  • lisak1079 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you so much for this simple answer! I've been looking everywhere online for how to get them back and not have to pay a fee. FYI I could not find that folder on my phone mail but had to login on my home computer to find that folder in my email.

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