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How to Backup Notes on iPhone in 5 Simple Steps

When updating your iPhone or even upgrading to a newer device, you may find yourself wondering how to backup notes on iPhone. With these easy steps, you can successfully backup your notes with no trouble at all using one of many different methods!

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Method 1: E-mail

If you only have a few notes you want to backup, simply e-mail each note to yourself.

  1. Open the ‘Notes’ app on your iPhone 5.
  2. Click on the note you want to backup or send to yourself.
  3. Click the icon with the little box with an arrow in the upper right corner of the note you want to e-mail yourself. This icon should be located just under your battery level.
  4. Simply click the ‘Mail’ icon, adding your e-mail to the ‘To’ line, and press ‘Send.’
  5. To access your notes, simply go to your e-mail either from your phone, computer, or through any other device. It’s as simple as that!

Method 2: iCloud

Assuming your iCloud storage is not yet full, you can back up your notes via iCloud. If, though, your iCloud storage is full, this method may not work, but there is a good chance that it still will. Just give it a try.

  1. Click the ‘Settings’ app on your iPhone 5.
  2. From there, click on ‘iCloud.’
  3. Ensure that ‘Notes’ is checked, as shown in the picture below. This, of course, will make sure that your notes are include in the iCloud backup process.
  4. Also click on ‘Backup,’ and check that section ensuring automatic iPhone backups are activated. Notice how in the picture below, where it says ‘Backup,’ it says ‘on.’ Yours will too after this step.
  5. If you want it backed up right then and there, simply click ‘Back Up Now’ assuming you followed Step 4’s directions. Your notes will then be backed up via iCloud and will reappear on your new iPhone device when using the same iCloud account, or via computer from the iCloud Windows program or webpage.

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Method 3: AnyTrans

If you have dozens or even hundreds of notes, the first method would not be of proper use to you. That’s when you need a method like this one.

This is also a great method to turn to if your iCloud storage is full, or if you are having trouble with or do not prefer using the iCloud method. Just be aware that this method does requires a download. This method is perhaps the most reliable way to teach anyone how to backup notes on iPhone.

  1. Download Anytrans from here.
  2. After you’ve downloaded Anytrans, open the program up, and plug your iPhone into your computer. From the program’s homepage, click on the ‘Notes’ icon.
  3. Now your iPhone notes should appear on the screen. From here, you can look through them, making any necessary changes.
  4. After you find the notes you want to backup, select them. Then click the little computer button located on the right corner of the program, under the ‘Search’ bar, as seen boxed in red in the picture below.
  5. Your notes are now backed up on your computer. To search for them, these notes will appear as any other file on your computer for later viewing, editing, or printing!

If you’ve been wondering how to backup notes on iPhone, hopefully this quick and simple guide helped. Using one of these various methods should do the trick! From e-mailing yourself each note one-by-one if you only have a few to backup, to taking advantage of iCloud storage to backup your notes, or even downloading and using the program AnyTrans to make larger transfers from your iPhone 5 to your computer are all ways you can back up your notes.

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By using any of these methods, of course, you can also print out your notes, or you can even text yourself the notes using Method 1, though clicking on ‘Message’ rather than on ‘E-mail.’ Whichever method you decide to use, good luck!

About the author

    Dean Duke

    Dean is a father of 2, working full time as an IT consultant. He is an experienced tablet user spending many years honing his skills and learning to be more productive while using his iPad. After meeting the founder of, Chris J. Lee in 2015, he has been a main contributor to the blog ever since.

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