How to Recover Notes from iCloud on Mac or iPhone, Even Permanently Deleted?

Connie Wisley
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Apple has built in the note-taking app, Notes, for a long time across its iOS and macOS. While Notes app always gives its users the power to take notes and jot down key information speedily, the potential for us to accidentally delete or lost some important notes, is also disturbing.

But not to worry, we’re here to guide you through the process of recovering notes from iCloud. And, luckily, we have solutions for both Mac users and iPhone users, while there will be differences, the general working principle behind this task is similar across the board. 

How to Recover (Permanently) Deleted Notes from iCloud on Mac?

Gone are the days when everything was saved on an internal or external hard drive, more recently, we moved to cloud storage platforms. And for Mac users, iCloud has become a new and reliable workplace, we also create, edit, share, and sync a note in iCloud. To recover notes from iCloud on Mac, no matter it is recently deleted or permanently deleted, there are 3 ways and we’ve listed them in the order that we recommend you to try.

1. Recover Notes from iCloud using Cisdem

Cisdem Data Recovery is the best way to recover both recently and permanently deleted notes from iCloud on Mac, even without visiting

For recently deleted notes on iCloud, Cisdem will scan and find them from the Recently Deleted folder; for permanently deleted iCloud notes that removed from Recently Deleted folder, Cisdem can restore from the backup file you’ve synced to your Mac, because Notes will backup all the data up to date across different devices under the same iCloud account. As long as you use the same iCloud account on your Mac, you will be able to restore a permanently deleted note files from iCloud.

Cisdem can also show the details of a recoverable note file, including note name, date modified, even the full contents. If there are too many notes in the scanning result, you can enter a keyword in the search box to quickly locate a note file. And Cisdem does more than just restoring note files from iCloud, it also recover iCloud photos, contacts, pages, numbers, keynote and files from iCloud Drive. There are 2 recover modes: recover from iCloud account and recover from iCloud directory. 

iCloud file recovery is only one feature from this powerful data recovery program. Here is a list of its main features:

  • Restore deleted, formatted, lost files under different data loss scenarios
  • Restore files from both internal and external hard drive on Mac
  • It supports different storage devices and file systems.
  • More than 1000+ file types, including videos, audio, photos, documents, email, compressed files and so on, can be restored.
  • Repair damaged videos, photos and documents in MP4, MOV, JPEG, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.
  • Recover unsaved Word, Excel, PowerPoint documents
  • Create back for disk and restore data from the disk image

Steps to Recover (Permanently) Deleted Notes from iCloud on Mac

  1. Download and install Cisdem Data Recovery on your Mac.
    Free Download macOS 10.9 or later
  2. Go to Data Recovery > iCloud, choose recover from iCloud account and click Next.recover notes icloud 01
  3. Sign in with your iCloud account information.recover notes cisdem 02
  4. Choose Notes category and click Next.recover notes cisdem 03
  5. Check the file information and preview the Note files.recover notes cisdem 03
  6. Select the note files and click Recover to restore them to a selected location.recover notes cisdem 05
  7. (Optional) If you still cannot recover iCloud notes, you can go to Hardware Disk and select the drive where you stored the note files on your Mac to scan, check and preview the recoverable notes file in HTML format.recover notes cisdem 06


2. Recover Recently Deleted Notes from iCloud on Mac

When deleting a note in iCloud, the file will be moved to Recently Deleted folder of iCloud Notes, it will be kept there for 30 days, after that time, all the notes there will be gone forever. To recover a recently deleted notes file from iCloud, we just need to put back from Recently Deleted folder.

Steps to Recover Recently Deleted Notes from iCloud

  1. Visit and log in.
  2. Go to Notes and check all the iCloud notes.recover recently deleted notes 01
  3. Go to Recently Deleted, select the notes file you want to restore and click Recover button.recover recently deleted notes 02


3. Recover Notes from iCloud via Link

iCloud Notes allows users to share a note file to a contact via link, if your notes was once sent to a contact, there will be a contact icon beside the file name, then you can check in your email app to find the link that you sent to the contact and restore notes.

recover notes link


How to Recover (Permanently) Deleted Notes from iCloud on iPhone?

In an era dominated by rapid mobile technological advancements, more and more work moves to our mobile devices, including iPhone. If you want to recover notes from iCloud on iPhone and continue the note taking job there, we have 2 methods for you.

1. Recover Notes from iCloud on iPhone with FoneLab

To recover both recently and permanently deleted notes from iCloud on iPhone, even on latest iPhone model, we recommend using FoneLab. We’ve spent a lot of time testing the best program for recovering files on iPhone, from the basic to the advanced. All of the testing results has pointed us to FoneLab.

It not only restore notes from iCloud backup, but also recover a note file from iTunes backup. Even if you don’t have backup and permanently delete the notes from iCloud, you can directly restore from your iPhone that uses the same iCloud account to create such a note file.

FoneLab’s main appeal is just how many types of data it can recover, and restore easily. You can recover virtually all data on your iPhone: messages, photos, videos, contacts, call history, calendar, notes, reminders, voice memos, voicemail, safari bookmarks, safari history and other data from a 3rd-party iOS app. And everything with this program is simple and intuitive, with 3 steps, you will be able to recover notes from iCloud to your iPhone, even notes that you created on your iPhone under different account.

Steps to Recover Permanently Deleted Notes from iCloud on iPhone

  1. Download and install FoneLab on your Mac or Windows.
    Free Download macOS 10.10 or later Free Download Windows 11/10/8/7
  2. Choose Recover from iOS device, then connect your iPhone to the Mac via a USB cable. Click Start Scan.recover notes iphone 01
  3. Go to Notes & Attachments > Notes, preview the file.recover notes iphone 02
  4. Select the notes and click Recover to save the notes to your Mac or PC.
  5. Import the recovered notes file to the Notes app on your Mac, or transfer the note file to your iPhone, then you will be able to find the recovered notes on your iPhone.


2. Recover Notes from iCloud on iPhone Using Erase and Restore

Though not highly recommended, it is worth a try. But before resorting to this method, you should try the 3 solutions we listed in the first part to recover iCloud notes on a Mac, after all, you don’t have to reset and erase the data on your iPhone.

But if you are willing to do a factory reset and have a iCloud backup, you can continue with following process to recover the deleted notes from iCloud on iPhone. However, it doesn’t apply to the case that you’ve permanently deleted a note file from iCloud on your iPhone.

  1. On your iPhone, go to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone.recover notes on iphone setting 01
  2. Select Erase All Content and Settings, and you will need to enter your Apple ID password.recover notes on iphone setting 02
  3. Wait for a while, the device will restart and the Apps & Data screen will appear. Select Restore from iCloud Backup.recover notes on iphone setting 03
  4. Sign into iCloud account.
  5. Choose a iCloud backup to recover all the backed up data, including the notes files.


Final Words

Taking notes in Note app may be the bread and butter of what many Mac/iPhone users do, it is much likely to lose or mistakenly delete some notes. Though recovering notes from iCloud on Mac is as easy as that on iPhone, there are more options and flexibility to do it on a Mac. Considering using program like Cisdem to recover both recently and permanently deleted notes from iCloud, even without visiting iCloud website.

Connie Wisley
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Connie has been writing for Mac productivity and utility apps since 2009. Each review and solution is based on her practical tests, she is aways energetic and trustworthy in this field.

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