12 Replies Latest reply: Sep 13, 2013 7:06 AM by otto501
Bruce Kieffer Level 2 (165 points)

Is there a way to restore a deleted note form Mountain Lion's Note App?

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion
  • CT Level 6 (17,545 points)

    Do you have a backup?

  • Bruce Kieffer Level 2 (165 points)

    I have a TM backup. Here's what happened; I was searching for something in Mail. Two items were found, but I could not see the mailbox they were in and I didn't realize they were actually in my Notes app, so I deleted them, they went to the trash, and I deleted them again from there. Then when I opened Notes I realized they should be there, but they were gone.

  • CT Level 6 (17,545 points)

    If this happened to me, I would try the following.


    Finder > Go menu.


    Paste this in




    On my machine, at least, one of the files there is my Notes file. 


    Open Time Machine.  Go back in time and restore that folder.



  • Bruce Kieffer Level 2 (165 points)

    The notes come back for a milisecond, then they disappear I assume because they are being synced with the cloud.

  • Bruce Kieffer Level 2 (165 points)

    Here's what I did that worked:

    I closed Notes, turned WiFi off, restored the ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.Notes/Data/Library/Notes/ from yesterday, opened Notes, the deleted note was there, I copied the text, turned on WiFi, the note disappeared, I created a new note and pasted the text in there. A short time later the deleted note appeared in a recovered folder in Notes and On My Mac. Dear Apple, this should be much easier than it is. We should be able to open Notes, go into Time Machine, and restore anything regardless if it's on my Mac or on the cloud.

  • Colechoice Level 1 (0 points)

    You can try Data Recovery for Mac which is also given above that can recover your deleted note with original file name and folders.

  • Eric Root Level 9 (50,277 points)

    Send Apple feedback. They won't answer, but at least will know there is a problem. If enough people send feedback, it may get the problem solved sooner.


  • Woodwyn Level 1 (0 points)

    I can't find this file -- ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.Notes/Data/Library/Notes/


    Are you using Mountain Lion?

  • Eric Root Level 9 (50,277 points)

    Hold down the option key while selecting the Finder/Go/Go the Folder. Paste that in.

  • Woodwyn Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks. I found it. Something very strange is that even though I was able to scroll back through my Time Machine, the very next file indicates it was last modified on April 29th. I know I accessed Notes on my Mac over the last two months so this makes little sense. Shouldn't anything synced in iCloud automatically be updated on the Mac as well, whether I actually open the app or not?


    I suppose the next step is to have a look via iTunes where the iPhone and iPad are both being backed up, unless the Notes database file is not being backed up since it is on iCloud.

  • JWYIII Level 1 (0 points)

    This was very helpful! Thank you!

  • otto501 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you!

    i've got my deleted note!