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BJbear Level 1 (0 points)

Can you or how do you restore deleted notes ?

iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iOS 5.1.1
  • Winston Churchill Level 10 (95,539 points)

    Welcome to the Apple Community.


    You can restore them from a back up if you have one. Do you.

  • Andy Jay Level 1 (5 points)

    I lost an important note too, and I do have TimeMachine, how can I restore a note? What file do I look for?

  • Gertrude_Hicks Level 1 (0 points)

    I only back up to iCloud?  Are Notes there?

  • PamySue Level 1 (0 points)

    That is not always true.  I backed up my iphone on the computer and when I restored my iphone it replaced my notes with my husbands who also backs up on that computer.  They are gone!  You can't even go to one of your past Time Machine backups.  I would recommend not using the NOTES application for any important information until Apple realizes that we need a better system for protecting, backingup and recovering the important information that we put on that application.  You have been Warned.  I haved lost my notes several times and twice, as the Genius Bar told me what to do to protect them. 

  • pvonk Level 6 (13,722 points)

    My understanding is that any of the Apple databases (contacts, reminders, calenders, etc) are not included in the icloud backup, since they are already in their special databases on icloud.

  • PamySue Level 1 (0 points)

    That is not true.  Go to your Settings on your phone and under Icloud there is a setting to back up your notes to the cloud. 

  • pvonk Level 6 (13,722 points)

    No, what you are looking at is the on/off status of syncing capabilities.  This has nothing to do with backups. If you dive deeper into the iCloud settings, in Manage Storage, for your device, you'll find on/off settings for app data that is backed up. Notes are not in that list.  Neither are any of the other Apple databases.

  • garyexx Level 1 (5 points)

    The Notes database is a  hidden file (who knows why?  Pretty stupid to have a hidden Notes data file) so trying to find a backup requires something of a miracle.  Even the senior consultants (2 of them) I talked to with Apple didn't know the answer and tried to look up what the file names were that contrained the Notes data.  When a senior consultant has to look up stuff, it's a bad sign.  The real problem is that Apple won't fix this obvious bad decision to make the files hidden for Notes.  Nice to have a Time Capsule as I do and not be able to restore some simple personal information that I kept on the iPhone.  Oh, it's not in the iCloud either because if you happen to delete any notes on your iMac or iPhone (say you had duplicates and the simple mind says delete one of them and then you find out that when you delete one, you delete both) and you also delete anything that synchs such as iCloud, iPhone, iMac, etc.  That only leaves Time Capsule and finding the hidden files through changing settings in Terminal or use Option and then move to GO and the option key brings up the hiddlen "Library"

    Good luck but you can spend hours on this one.

  • cal124 Level 1 (0 points)

    where was the hidden directory located???

  • cal124 Level 1 (0 points)

    here is the directory i was looking for ...


    ~/Library is a "hidden" area, to get to it you need to use "Go to Folder" from Finder, either via the Go->Go to Foldermenu item or Shift+Command+G keyboard shortcut and put /Users/USERNAME/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/into the popup box.


    this is how you show hidden files:

  • Lermomma Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm so ticked off - I was typing notes at a conference and had several pages typed.  I was working close to the bottom of the note and tapped the delete icon in error and it totally deleted all my notes without any question - "are you sure?"


    How can I get that back?


    Or prevent the single stroke deleting in the future.....

  • applealias11 Level 1 (0 points)

    Lermomma, I have the same problem. I am on an iMac though using my MacBook this morning, I was trying to clear up some notes but now, I am missing quite a few notes. Disappeared and don't know where to find them. 


    I have Time Machine and iCloud but just don't know how to restore Notes....


    Did you ever find out?



  • Robertlaw Level 1 (10 points)

    Follow these steps to retrieve deleted notes files from iPad 2:
    Step 1: Connect your iPad to the computer
    Step 2: Enter the DFU mode and scan iPad
    1) Hold your iPad and click "Start" button.
    2) Pressing "Power" and "Home" buttons simultaneously for 10 seconds.
    3) After 10 seconds, release "Power" button, but keep holding "Home" for another 10 seconds. Step 3: Preview and recover iPad data


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  • Michele166 Level 1 (0 points)

    Does anyone else know if the video-converter- mac works/ is legit?

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