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How to Solve iPhone Notes Icon Missing or Hidden

Generally, the Notes icon on the iPhone can't disappear, because it's a built-in application by Apple. What disappeared is always the note content. The exception is that your iPhone has been jailbroken. Under this situation, the Notes icon may disappear. No matter which situation you've encountered, let's check how to solve both of these two kinds of issues together.

The Notes icon disappeared (how to bring it back)

Don't worry when you find that the Notes icon is missing on your iPhone, for the icon can't be deleted or be restricted. It must be moved into a home screen page or a home screen folder. If you still can't find it in any way, just go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Home Screen Layout. Here you can reset the home screen layout of your iPhone to factory settings, and you can find the Notes icon in the original place.

Note: If you have important notes stored on your iPhone before and you don't want to lose them, you'd better try to recover them first, or they will be overwritten by the resetting. It's very simple. Just follow the guide below to give it a try.

The Notes content disappeared (how to recover it)

The faster you perform the recovery, the bigger chance you can get to recover your missing notes. How? Don't be crazy. With a proper recovery tool, you can do it with no effort. Have no idea of the software? Here is my recommendation: Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS (Windows) or Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS (Mac). By using the software, you can lots of missing data on the iPhone, including notes, messages, contacts, etc. What's more, if you want to backup your current notes on the iPhone, either of the software can also help to back them up.

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Next, let's check how to recover iPhone, iPad or iPod touch data in two ways.


Part 1: Recover notes from iTunes backup

Step 1. Select the device backup to extract

Here, let's take Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS (Mac) as an example. The windows version works the same.

When you run the program on your Mac, click Recover from iTunes Backup File on the top of the main window. All of your iTunes backup files will be automatically listed as shown on the window below. Choose the one for your iPhone and click Start Scan to extract the content of it.

iphone notes disappearing 

Step 2. Preview and recover deleted or lost notes

The scan will take you a few seconds. When it finishes, the interface will be like the one below. All your previous data in the backup file are extracted and displayed in clear categories. You can choose Notes to read the content in detail. Then mark those you want and save them on your computer selectively.

iphone notes icon missing

Just as the window shows above, this iPhone notes recovery software can also help to find back previous photos, videos, contacts, messages and call history on your iPhone, and you can recover them all with one click at the same time if you have a need. But one more thing you need to pay attention is that don't sync your device with iTunes after you lost data, or the iTunes backup will be updated and the content becomes the same as what on your device currently.

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Part 2: Directly scan and recover notes from iPhone

Here, let's try with Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS (Windows) to do this, and it works with iPhone 5/4S/4/3GS, all iPads and iPod touch 5/4. At the same time, Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS (Mac) can also do this.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to the computer

Run the program and connect your device to the computer. Under the option of "Recover from iOS Device", you'll get an interface as follows.

For iPhone 5/4S, iPad with Retina Display, iPad mini, the new iPad, iPad 2 and iPod touch 5:

iphone notes icon lost 

For iPhone 4/3GS, iPad 1 and iPod touch 4 (Download a plug-in at first):

iphone notes icon lost 

Step 2. Scan your device for lost notes

Before finding your previous notes from your iPhone 4/3GS, iPad 1 and iPod touch 4, you need to get into the device's scanning mode first. Follow the steps below to enter it:

  1. Hold your device in your hand and click the Start button on the program's window above.
  2. Press the Power and Home buttons simultaneously for 10 seconds.
  3. After 10 seconds, release the Power button, but keep holding Home for another 15 seconds.

When you successfully entered the device's scanning mode, Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS will automatically scan your device to find lost notes on it.

For people using iPhone 5/4S, iPad with Retina Display, iPad mini, the new iPad, iPad 2 and iPod touch 5, you can directly click Start Scan to scan your device.

ipad notes disappearing 

Step 3. Preview and recover lost notes

After the scan, you can preview all the content that has been found before recovery. For notes, you can preview them in the category of Notes. Mark those you want and click Recover, and you can save them on your computer as a HTML file on your computer.

ipad notes icon missing 

Note: Data found here includes deleted data and those still on your device. If you only want back your deleted ones, you can refine the scan result by using the slide button on the top to Only display the deleted items.

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Further Reading

Recover SMS from iPhone: This guide shows you how to retrieve deleted text messages from iPhone in different ways.
Recover iPhone Contacts: You can recover deleted contacts without a backup on iPhone with 3 steps at ease.
Recover Videos on iPhone : This article shows you how to recover lost videos on iPhone in two ways.
Recover iPhone Photos: Deleted photos still can be recovered on your iPhone. You can find the solution there.
Recover Notes from iPhone : This article shows you a way to retrieve lost notes on an iPhone in steps.
Recover Call History on iPhone: You can recover iPhone call list directly from iPhone or iTunes backup, including incoming, outgoing and missed calls.
Recover iPhone Voicemail: This article tells you why Voicemail can be retrieved and how to retrieve Voicemail on iPhone in two ways.

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