iPhone Notes Disappeared? Troubleshooting the iPhone Notes App (2022 Update)
Recover deleted notes on iPhone, redownload a missing Notes app, and restore backed-up notes from iCloud with these simple tips.
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iPhone notes disappearing or the entire Notes app being lost are common issues for iPhone users, unfortunately. We’ll show you how to recover any notes you accidentally deleted, plus how to get the Notes app back on your iPhone if you accidentally removed it.
How to Reinstall the Notes App on Your iPhone
This is the easiest Notes app problem to fix. If you simply can’t find the Notes app, swipe down from the middle of your Home screen. This will open Siri search on your iPhone. Type in “Notes.” If the app icon doesn’t appear in your search options or if it appears under App Store, it got deleted somehow. Here’s how to get the Notes app back on your iPhone:
1. Open the App Store on your iPhone.
2. Tap into the Search bar.
3. Search for “notes.”
4. Find Apple’s Notes app. You will recognize the Notes app icon from when it was installed on your iPhone.
5. Download Notes to your iPhone by tapping on the iCloud download icon.
6. Restore your Notes through iCloud.
Unfortunately, if you had notes stored locally on your iPhone that weren’t in iCloud when you deleted the Notes app, the only way to get those lost notes back is to restore an iPhone backup that included them. If you had iCloud backups automatically turned on, you should be able to restore a recent enough backup that you don’t lose other information in the process. I was able to do this after deleting my Notes app for this article. It’s not super fun to erase and restore your iPhone, but if those notes were important to you, it’s nice that getting them back is possible.