How to Retrieve Deleted Notes on the iPhone

Written by robert schrader
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Regularly syncing the iPhone with iTunes not only updates the device with music, pictures and other multimedia stored on your computer, but also backs up information stored on the iPhone onto the computer. If you use an iPhone 3Gs or iPhone 4, iTunes backs up "Notes" from the iPhone and stores them alongside contact information from the email address you configure as a source for back up contacts. Retrieve deleted iPhone notes via an iTunes sync.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • iPhone USB cable
  • iPhone 3Gs or iPhone 4

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  1. 1

    Connect the iPhone to the computer and open iTunes if it doesn't start when you connect the iPhone. Click the iPhone's name, then click iTunes' "Info" tab.

  2. 2

    Click the mailbox from which you sync contacts and tick the box next to "Sync Contacts From:" Return to the "Summary" tab and click "Sync."

  3. 3

    Unplug the iPhone once iTunes displays an "OK to Disconnect" message. Open the "Notes" application and see that your deleted notes have been retrieved.

Tips and warnings

  • If you have previously disabled note syncing, this procedure doesn't work. To ensure all notes are saved in the future, tap "Settings," then the "Mail, Contacts, Calendars" button, then click the name of the account to which you wish to sync notes. Tap the grey "Off" button next to "Sync Notes?" to turn the feature back on.

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