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5 Ways to Fix No Recently Deleted Notes Folder on iPhone

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“I don't have a "recently deleted " folder in my Notes app. How do I recover deleted notes from your iPHone?” - Megan from Apple Community

The Notes app on iOS is widely used by many users to record shopping list, passcode, script, etc. If you accidentally delete one or two notes, it might be a stressful experience. Fortunately, you have up to 30 days to undelete and restore deleted notes from the 'Recent Deleted Folder'.

However, some users claimed that there is no recent deleted notes folder on iPhone, Actually, we cannot explain why the recently deleted notes folder disappearing on your iPhone. But we intend to provide the solutions to get back deleted notes from iPhone.

1. Are You Using the Latest Version of Note?

If you don’t update your Note app, the recently deleted folder on iPhone may disappear. The newest version of Notes app will save all the notes that are kept with same Apple ID. If the notes are deleted by accident, they will appear in the recent deleted folder and be saved for 30 days so that you can recover them from this folder within that time. After 30 days, they will disappear forever.

If you are still using the old version of note, the notes backed up on iCloud will not appear on a different iOS device using the same iCloud account. In that case, when your notes are deleted, they will not be kept in the recently deleted note folder. That’s also the reason why you don’t see the recently deleted notes folder on iPhone.

Here are some signs to check if the Note app on your iPhone is of the latest version.

  • For the latest version: There will be the recently deleted folder that enables you to get back the notes that you have deleted recently.
  • For the latest version: The features of paragraph styles, organize the notes, view attachments and lock selected notes are added in the newest version of notes app.
  • For the latest version: You can see the deleted notes on recently deleted folder on all iOS devices with the same Apple ID account.
  • For the old version: If the app is not updated, the Email and Delete tab will be displayed in the toolbar and the “Recently Deleted” folder will not be available.

upgraded note app

2. Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone When There Is No Recently Deleted Notes Folder

Method 1. Check Whether the Deleted Notes Are Sent By Your Friends

If the notes that you deleted are sent from your friends, they will be removed from your iPhone while still be kept on your friend’s device. If you want them back, you can call your friend to share the notes with you or take the screenshot of the notes and send the screenshot to you.

Method 2. Method 2. Recover Lost Notes on iPhone from iCloud.com

Things will get easier if you have created notes via your iCloud account. You can recover the deleted notes from iCloud.com.

  • After signing into iCloud.com, tap on Note icon and check whether you can find deleted notes in the Notes folder.
  • Go back to your iPhone settings and your name, click on iCloud and enable ‘Notes’.
  • Open the Notes app and the deleted notes shall appear.

icloud note app

Method 3. Recover Deleted Notes with FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery

The highly recommended way to recover deleted notes on iPhone when you don’t check the deleted notes from the recent deleted folder is using iPhone Data Recovery. One of the most popular data recovery software for iPhone is FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery. It is especially developed to recover notes on iPhone even if there is no backup created by iTunes/iCloud.


The complete note recovery process can be finished in only 3 steps. Here are the detailed steps:

Cast 1: When You Don’t Have the Backup

Most users found that they had not backed up their iPhone after deleting the important data. If so, refer to the steps below to retrieve deleted iPhone notes without backup.

Step 1. Launch this data recovery for iPhone and choose the tab of ‘Recover from iOS Device’ from the left sidebar. Then connect the device to the software.

iphone recovery

start scan iphone

Step 2. Click on Next and the scanning result for the deleted notes will be displayed in the next interface. Click on ‘Note’ option and check the disappeared notes. After that, select the notes you need and click on ‘Recover’ to save the deleted notes to pc.

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Case 2: When You Have the iCloud Backup

If you have backed up iPhone data with iCloud, the deleted notes will also be kept on iCloud. FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery can allow you to access and selectively recover missing notes from iCloud backup.

Step 1. After launching the software, select the 3rd recovery mode on the main window: Recover from iCloud Backup. Then log into the iCloud account.

log into icloud

Step 2. After signing into iCloud, you can see a list of iCloud backup files and the backup time and size. Choose an iCloud backup and tap on Next button.

choose an icloud backup

Step 3. The selected iCloud backup will be downloaded by the program. After that, the missing notes will be displayed. Then get them to your computer.

recover notes from icloud

Case 3: When You Have the iTunes Backup  

Here is how you can recover deleted notes from iTunes backup selectively with FoneGeek.

Step 1. Choose the 2nd recovery mode of ‘Recover from iTunes Backup’ on the main interface and all iTunes backup files stored on your computer will be detected.

select an itunes backup

Step 2. Click on Next to scan the iTunes backup. Upon finishing the scanning, you can view the missing notes on the next window. If you need to export notes to computer, then press the ‘Recover’ button.

recover iphone data from itunes backup

While you have read this post, you must know why there is no recently deleted notes folder on iPhone and 3 different solutions to recover deleted notes. And we do hope that you can get back deleted notes when you don’t find them from the recently deleted notes folder. For that, FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery offers the free trial version to preview deleted data on your iPhone, including notes, contacts, call history, photos, videos, voice memos, etc.

Joan J. Mims

Joan J. Mims is interested in researching all tips about iPhone, iPad and Android. He loves to share useful ideas with all users.

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