How To Recover iPad Notes Should They Disappear
Q: As of February 1, all my notes disappeared from my iPad Air, iPhone 6 and iCloud. Went to Genius Bar and they had no answer for me. Reset my iPad with a prior iCloud backup date, no luck getting my notes back. Genius Bar and Apple have no clue; any ideas? Thanks.
A: I’m sorry to hear that your notes are gone from your iPad and iPhone, and that Apple is unable to help. At the same time, did Apple check your iCloud settings on your iPad when you went to them for help? It could be the case that your iPad notes are not saved on the device because you did not activate iCloud to save them in your settings. If you’re new to the iPad experience, please remember that iCloud doesn’t work automatically.
Did you update your iOS to 9.3.3/10.2.1 and suddenly all your notes went missing?
You can try tapping on Settings -> iCloud and then turn off the notes. Now, wait one minutes and turn the notes features back on. The next step is restarting the iPad so that the notes get refresh.
Newer Method to Recovering Deleted Notes on iPhone
If you’re using Gmail Notes:
Goto iPad Settings and look for Mail, Contact, Calendars and select Gmail -> Turn Notes On. You might randomly disable the notes off by accident.
You have to first get an Apple ID when you set up your iPad (if you don’t already have one), and you must activate or deactivate iCloud in your settings menu. Go to settings, then “iCloud,” and you should see a list of apps on your device that you can save in iCloud or not. You must have an iCloud account created before you can save anything in iCloud. The iCloud account is tied to your Apple ID, so, by default, anyone with an Apple ID should have an iCloud account. You only need to activate it on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch.
Once you activate iCloud on your iPad, you must specifically select iCloud to save your iPad notes in your Notes app. Beside the Notes symbol in the iCloud settings tab, push the button from left to right. You should see a green color to the left of the button, a sign that your iPad notes are being saved in iCloud.
At the same time, however, it’s likely you’ve already checked your iCloud settings and discovered that at one point, your iPad notes were present – but they are now gone. Since this is the case, it could be one of two things: (1) first, it could be that you never saved your iPad notes in iCloud to begin with because you didn’t activate your iPad notes cloud storage in the iCloud settings tab.
(2) It could also be the case that you did not backup your content to iTunes before you updated to iOS 7.0.4. Since you did not backup your content, you have, unfortunately, fallen victim to the worst situation a consumer could ever experience: for the iOS 7.0.4 update could’ve deleted all your iPad notes from the iOS device and you will never see them again. It’s unfortunate, but this may help you see the reason why Apple and other manufacturers stress that you backup your content before updating your device.
It could also be the case that your iPad notes were not saved in the prior backup, so reverting to a prior backup may have deleted the iPad notes instead of keeping them. In the future, I recommend that you select “on” for your iPad notes in the iCloud settings tab before saving notes in your Notes app.
Regardless, it’s clear that your iPad notes are nowhere to be found. While I am unable to help you outside of the advice I’ve given above as to solutions for this problem, I may be able to help prevent this situation in the future.
First, always – and I do mean always – backup your content before an upgrade. While it’s easy to click “install” when Apple’s latest arrives, you may find it to be more troubling than you could ever imagine. Apple offers its latest OS X Mavericks update for MacBook owners, but a number of MacBook owners (including a story in my local community of friends) lost all their documents, data, games, photos, and so on when they updated to OS X Mavericks. The reason? Mavericks still had bugs in it, and Apple hadn’t had the time to work through all the bugs and see what bad could be accomplished in the upgrade. The same could be said for iOS 7.0.4.
Next, you may want to manually save your content by either 1)
going to iTunes and selecting some form of automatic install in the iTunes options on your Mac or Windows device. This will allow iTunes to update every time you get on your familiar or public Wi-Fi network so that you don’t have to remember to manually backup your content all the time.
The other piece of advice I have is the following: use old-fashioned email such as Google Mail (or Gmail) to save your iPad notes. If you are a student or business professional who wants to access your iPad notes at a later time, select the square and arrow symbol at the top right of your iPad Notes app in iOS 7, then select “Mail,” type in your email address, and click “send.” If you send your iPad notes to your personal email account each time you take a new set of notes, you’ll create your own automatic backup plan that will prevent you from heartache should your iPad Air notes disappear. You don’t even need to backup your email in iTunes; it’s that effective!
If you want to use a word processor app such as OfficeSuite Pro, be sure to backup your content in the iCloud settings tab. Select “documents & data” and move the button until you see the green appear (the color green indicates activation).
With email, your iPad notes will always be there unless you choose to delete them. Also, online email accounts are not subject to the vulnerabilities that apps in iOS are. Think about it for a moment: should any iOS update go wrong on your device, all of your apps could go missing. It’s happened before. With the iOS 7 update provided last Fall, there were a number of iOS users who took to Twitter to report problems. In particular, one individual said that her iOS update “disappeared.” If iOS updates can disappear, then so can updated apps. Don’t let your iPad notes be this vulnerable and go missing on your device. In situations such as a business presentation, research paper, or final exam, you don’t want to fall prey to misfortune on this large a scale.
Have your iPad notes gone missing before on your device? If you have a story to tell, we’d love to hear about it.
How to Restore Deleted Notes from iTunes Backup
The First step is connect the iPhone to iTunes.
On the Button “Summary” section, look for “Restore Backup…”
Select the restore data and when the restore is finish, you will have back your notes before it was deleted.