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This article explains how to extract iPhone notes from an iPhone backup made by iTunes. It is important to keep a backup copy of your iPhone data. CopyTrans Contacts will help you back up your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch notes on your PC. You can download CopyTrans Contacts from the following page:

Back up iPhone notes

How to recover your iPhone notes

  1. Run iTunes and connect your iPhone

  2. Wait until your iPhone appears within iTunes. Then click on the iPhone icon iphone icon in itunes main window

  3. In the “Summary” section, click “Restore Backup…” restore backup button in itunes

  4. Select the iPhone backup entry and click “Restore” restore iphone with itunes prompt
    Note: Select the iPhone backup entry dated before you lost access to iPhone notes

  5. Warning: restoring iPhone notes from backup via iTunes will delete any media tracks currently existing on your iPhone and will overwrite contents on the iPhone with the contents from the iOS backup file iphone restore in progress

  6. After the restore is complete, you will have your original iPhone notes recovered.

How to restore iPhone notes from backup without using iTunes

Each time iTunes makes a backup of your iPhone, it overwrites the previous backup. iTunes automatically backs up iPhone before each each sync – intended or not. To avoid the risk of iTunes overwriting the notes in the original backup, use CopyTrans Shelbee. CopyTrans Shelbee is a tool dedicated to iOS backup and restore. Download it from the page below: Download CopyTrans Shelbee now

  1. With iTunes closed, start CopyTrans Shelbee, connect your iPhone and click “Restore” click restore button in main copytrans shelbee window

  2. Select the Blue pencil symbol change button at shelbee restore screen

  3. Select the iPhone backup entry and start the backup list of iphone backup entries


  • The steps above describe how to use an iPhone backup created by iTunes in order to recover a previous state of your iPhone notes

  • The process will restore the note entries in the state in which they existed on your iPhone at the time the iPhone backup was effectuated

  • The process will also restore other data you might have previously deleted such as messages, contacts, apps, etc.

  • Restoring your iPhone notes in the way described will delete all iPhone multimedia tracks such as songs, videos and podcasts and will replace them with the tracks currently existing in your iTunes library

  • The process will also delete photos stored outside of the Camera Roll on your iPhone

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