Are you someone who tends to take important notes on your iPhone’s Gmail app but accidentally delete them? Losing important data can be frustrating and stressful, especially if it is work-related or contains sentimental value. But don’t worry, there are ways for you to recover deleted notes from your iPhone Gmail app. In this blog, we will provide you with 3 different methods to retrieve your deleted notes and also give some useful tips on what to pay attention to during the process.

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What’s Needed

Before you start the recovery process, make sure you have the following things:

  • A computer with stable internet access
  • Your iPhone with the Gmail app installed
  • Your Gmail login credentials

What Should I Pay Attention To?

  • If you accidentally deleted your notes, refrain from creating new notes or modifying any existing ones, as it might overwrite the deleted data.
  • Turn off the automatic sync setting for Gmail on your iPhone to prevent it from updating on its own, which could overwrite the deleted notes.
  • Make sure the Trash folder still contains the deleted notes; once you delete them from there, they will be unrecoverable.

Method 1: Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone Gmail from the “Trash” Folder

If you have accidentally deleted your note, the first place you need to check is the "Trash" folder under your Gmail app. Here are the steps:

  1. Open the Gmail app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap the icon that says "Menu," then tap "Trash."
  3. Scroll through the list of deleted notes until you find the one you wish to restore.
  4. Select the note by tapping on it and then tap on the option that says "Move to Inbox."
  5. Once you move it to the inbox, the deleted note will be restored back to its original saved folder.

Method 2: Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone Gmail via Google Login

If Method 1 does not work, you can try recovering your deleted notes via Google login. Follow the steps below:

  1. Open your web browser on your computer and go to the Google login page.
  2. Enter your login credentials to access your Google account.
  3. Click on the square icon located at the top-right corner, which shows nine little squares, and then click on "Google Drive."
  4. In the search bar, type in the name of the deleted note, and then hit the search button.
  5. If the note appears in the search results, click on it to open it, and then click on "Restore" located at the top-right corner of the screen.
  6. The deleted note will be restored to its original saved folder in the Gmail app on your iPhone.

Method 3: Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone Gmail via Data Recovery Software (Dr. Fone)

If both of the above methods fail to restore your deleted notes, you can use specialized data recovery software like Dr. Fone to retrieve the lost data. Here are the steps:

  1. Download and install Dr. Fone from the official website on your computer.
  2. Connect your iPhone to your computer using a USB cable.
  3. Open Dr. Fone and click on "Recover" to start the process. The software will begin scanning your device to locate any lost data.
  4. Once the scan is complete, select the notes you want to recover and click on "Recover to Computer."
  5. The recovered notes will be saved in a folder on your computer. You can then transfer them back to your iPhone or save them elsewhere.

Why Can’t I Find My Deleted Notes and How to Fix It?

There can be several reasons why you cannot find your deleted notes:

  1. The notes might have been permanently deleted from the "Trash" folder, making them impossible to recover using any of the above methods.
  2. The deleted notes might have been overwritten by new notes, making them unrecoverable.
  3. You might not have synced your Gmail app on your iPhone with your Google account, which means the deleted notes are not saved on the cloud.

To fix the above issues, follow the tips below:

  1. Regularly backup your notes to avoid permanent data loss.
  2. Turn off auto-sync in your Gmail app to prevent data overwriting.
  3. Make sure your iPhone is connected to a stable internet connection and sync your Gmail app regularly.


  • Back up your notes regularly to prevent data loss.
  • Check your "Trash" folder regularly to recover any deleted notes before they get permanently deleted.
  • Try using different recovery methods if one does not work.
  • Use specialized data recovery software or consult with a professional data recovery service for more complex issues.


Q: Can I recover notes deleted more than 30 days ago?

A: Unfortunately, notes deleted over 30 days ago are permanently deleted from the Gmail app’s "Trash" folder and cannot be restored using any of the above methods.

Q: What if the deleted notes are not in my "Trash" folder?

A: If the deleted notes are not in your "Trash" folder, it is likely that they have been permanently deleted or overwritten. You can try using data recovery software to retrieve the lost data.

Q: How do I prevent my notes from getting permanently deleted?

A: To prevent permanent data loss, make sure to regularly back up your notes to a cloud-based storage service or to your computer. Additionally, turn off auto-sync in your Gmail app and check your "Trash" folder regularly.

Q: Can I recover deleted notes without a computer?

A: Unfortunately, all of the above methods require a computer to recover deleted notes on your iPhone Gmail app.

Q: Will the recovered notes overwrite my current notes?

A: No, the recovered notes will not overwrite your current notes. However, make sure to move the recovered notes to a different folder or merge them with the existing notes to avoid duplicates.


Losing important notes can be a frustrating experience, but with the methods outlined above, you can recover them with ease. Remember to regularly back up your notes and check your "Trash" folder to avoid data loss. If you cannot recover the notes yourself, consider using specialized software or consult with a data recovery service. Lastly, be sure to avoid creating new notes or syncing your Gmail app until you have completed the recovery process.

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