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How to Recover Deleted Notes on Mac

Updated on Dec 13, 2017 by Abby Haines to Mac File Recovery

Summary

Here you can learn how to recover deleted notes on Mac from Time Machine or using third-party Mac data recovery software. Just try the one work best to do Mac note recovery in your own case.

How do I get deleted Notes back on Mac?

"I recently deleted all the notes on my Notes app on my MacBook by accident and later emptied the trash. Can I retrieve them back? I do have a lot of important information on those deleted notes. If it is possible, please offer me a Mac note recovery tutorial. So, I can follow the guide to recover deleted notes on Mac step by step. Thanks!"

Usually, when notes disappeared from Mac or you deleted a note on Mac, you can easily restore it from Trash. But if you emptied the trash, you should find other Mac note recovery solutions. In this page, we will show you how to recover deleted notes on Mac from Time Machine or using third-party reliable Mac data recovery software that works well for Mac deleted file recovery. Just try the one work best to do Mac deleted note recovery in your own case.

How to recover deleted notes on Mac from Time Machine

Whenever you deleted or lost your important notes on Mac, you can try to restore them back from Time Machine first. Requiring no additional apps, it is a quick and easy solution to recovering deleted or lost note, which was nowhere to be found. To perform Mac note recovery, follow the steps: 

1. Open Finder and hit the following keys on your keyboard – Cmd, Shift, G. (or just go to the Go > Go To Folder Menu in the top status bar).

2. Copy and paste ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.notes/Data/Library/Notes/ and hit enter.

You will be presented with the following folder which usually contains about 3 files. (Our lost data was stored in the "NotesV1.storedata-wal" file.

3. Make a backup of these files to a folder on your desktop, renaming each file to ".html". When asked if you would like to add the extension, click "Use .html".

Once this is done, the files should look something like this (with your browser icon as the file icon – my browser in this instance is Firefox hence the orange icon).

4. Double-click the files to open them up in your default browser, and you will be presented with the notes text in HTML format. Simply Cmd + F to find and recover the note text you were looking for!

How to recover deleted notes using EaseUS Mac data recovery software

And if you don’t use Time Machine or fail to recover deleted notes on Mac from Time Machine due to some errors, you can try a third-party Mac data recovery software to do the recovery job. Being professional, safe and easy-to-use, EaseUS Mac data recovery software is your best choice. It allows you to recover notes lost due to deletion, disk formatting, virus attack, system crash, and all the other possible reasons in Mac OS X. With a wizard-like interface, it can guide you complete Mac note recovery job with no efforts. 

Step 1. Select the location where your important data & files were deleted and click Scan button.

select the location where data was deleted and click scan

Step 2. The software will run both quick scan and deep scan and work hard to find as many deleted files as possible on the selected volume.

scan the selected disk to find deleted files on your Mac

Step 3. The scan results will be displayed in the left pane. Just select the file(s) and click Recover Now button to get them back.

click recover now button to recover deleted files on your Mac