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How to Recover Notes from Locked iPhone X/8/8 Plus/7 Plus/7/6 Plus/6/5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS

When your iPhone is locked, how can you recover notes in locked iPhone? These notes on iPhone usually record what you easily forget but are important. So I think it is necessary to learn how to deal with locked iPhone note recovery problem.

The following are two effective ways to recover notes from locked iPhone.

  1. Way 1: Directly Scan Your Locked iPhone to Recover Notes
  2. Way 2: Recover Notes from iTunes Backup for Locked iPhone

Way 1: Directly Scan Your Locked iPhone to Recover Notes

When iPhone notes are deleted, the most direct and easiest way is to scan your iPhone directly with iOS Data Genius to recover notes if you have backed up iPhone with iTunes. iOS Data Genius is an effective iPhone/iPad/iPod data recovery tool, which can recover deleted or lost data from iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Even though your iPhone is inaccessible, it still can work.

Step 1: Download and install iSunshare iOS Data Genius on your computer.

Step 2: Run iOS Data Genius and connect your locked iPhone with computer with USB cable.

While iOS Data Genius is running after installation, there would be a message on interface, "Please connect your device to computer". Now please use USB cable to connect iPhone to computer.

connect locked iPhone to computer

Step 3: Scan locked iPhone.

On new interface, check "I have backed up my device with iTunes" and click Start Scan button. Then iOS Data Genius will begin to scan your locked iPhone to see what you can recover.

scan locked iPhone with iOS Data Genius

Step 4: Preview deleted notes in Notes folder and recover.

Click Notes folder on the left side of data preview window, then you can see the details about the iPhone notes on the right side. Select notes you want to recover and click Recover button.

preview notes in locked iPhone

Step 5: Choose a folder on computer to save locked iPhone notes.

Choose a folder in appearing computer file explorer to save recovered iPhone notes. Then click OK and Recover successfully message pops up in few seconds.

recover and save iPhone notes with iPhone note recovery tool

So far, you have successfully recovered iPhone deleted notes by scanning locked iPhone with iOS Data Genius.

Way 2: Recover Notes from iTunes Backup for Locked iPhone

While you have iTunes backup for your iPhone, you can try these two methods to recover iPhone notes from iTunes backup for locked iPhone X/8/8 Plus/7 Plus/7/6 Plus/6/6s Plus/6s/5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS.

  1. Method 1: Recover notes from iPhone backup with iTunes
  2. Method 2: Recover iPhone notes from iTunes backup with iOS Data Genius

Method 1: Recover notes from iPhone backup with iTunes

If you don’t have iPhone data recovery tool, such as iOS Data Genius, and you don’t care whether content in iPhone will be lost, or you can take the risk of previous iTunes backup being overwritten due to sync, follow this method to recover deleted notes from iTunes backup. This is also a common method for iPhone user to restore data with iTUnes.

Step 1: Plug locked iPhone into computer with USB cable.

Step 2: Go to File > Devices > Restore from Backup.

recover iPhone notes from backup with iTunes

iPhone begins to restore data (including notes) and then restart later. In about few minutes, iPhone will be ready for you to use and you can find deleted or lost notes. However, if "Find My iPhone" service has been turned on for your iPhone, you should go to iCloud Settings on iPhone to turn it off before restoring iPhone.

errors during iPhone note recovery with iTunes backup

But if iPhone is locked and you cannot open iPhone to close "Find My iPhone", try method 2 to recover iPhone notes.

Method 2: Recover iPhone notes from iTunes backup with iOS Data Genius

Compared to method 1, this method will be safer and more effective to recover deleted partial data from iTunes backup. For example, you can only recover iPhone deleted notes from iTunes backup with iOS Data Genius, and keep other contents safe in iPhone at the same time.

Step 1: Run iOS Data Genius and choose Recover from iTunes Backup File mode.

scan iTunes backup for locked iPhone with iOS Data Genius

Step 2: Select an iTunes backup file of your locked iPhone and click Start Scan.

From the iTunes backup file list, select one based on Device Name, Last Backup Date and Serial Number. Then click "Start Scan".

Step 3: Preview notes in iTunes backup and recover.

preview and recover iPhone notes from iTunes backup with iPhone note recovery tool

If you couldn’t find the deleted notes you want to recover, go to home and select another iTunes backup to scan again like Step 1 and Step 2.

Step 4: Save recovered notes on computer.

After choosing a folder to save recovered notes on computer, and getting Recover successfully message, your iPhone deleted notes have been recovered.


It is worth mentioning that iTunes backup file is the key to above two methods. However if your iTunes backups are encrypted, they would be not helpful. So at first we need to recover iTunes backup password, had better remove it before using backup to recover iPhone notes.

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