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Tested 3 Ways| How to Recover Deleted/Disappeared Notes on Mac

Updated on Jul 17, 2018 by Abby Haines to Mac File Recovery

Summary

Here you can learn three ways to recover deleted notes on Mac from Trash, Time Machine or using third-party Mac data recovery software. Just try the one that works the best to search for the accidentally deleted or mysteriously disappeared notes in macOS.

A quick access to all the three methods:

  1. Restore from the Recently Deleted folder [Invalid if it's a permanent deletion]
  2. Restore from the Time Machine backup [Invalid if no backups at hand]
  3. Restore with the help of third-party software [100% alternate when method 1,2 failed to work]

Usually, when notes disappeared by itself after the newest macOS upgrade or you just deleted a note file on the Notes app on Mac, you can easily restore it from Trash. But if you emptied the trash, you should find other Mac notes recovery solutions. On this page, you can learn three ways to recover deleted notes on Mac from Trash, Time Machine or using third-party Mac data recovery software.

Restore from the Recently Deleted folder

How long have you removed the notes from the App program? By default, the Notes program keeps stuff for 30 days after deletion, so if you’re looking for an item that you may have accidentally deleted, check it in the Recently Deleted folder.

  • 1. Follow the path to sidebar > View > Show Folders 
  • 2. Find the Recently Deleted folder, check the deleted notes and restore.

recover deleted notes from the recently deleted folder

Can't find the Recently Deleted folder by this way? You must check some further solutions.

Restore from the Time Machine backup

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.

recover notes from time machine backup

  • 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!

Restore with the help of third-party 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 a 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