1. Mike Papadopoulos1's Avatar
    I want to delete some important notes from my iPhone. They are currently backed up in iCloud. Once I delete the notes and my phone eventually performs another backup, will the notes get deleted from iCloud as well, or do they permanently stay in iCloud?
    05-28-2020 08:48 PM
  2. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    Backing up to iCloud is not the same as syncing with iCloud. A backup can be restored - meaning if you have a backup containing important notes then that backup file can be restored at a later date.

    If the notes are synced with iCloud then if you delete the notes from iCloud the results will sync to any device configured with that same Apple ID. In other words, if you delete them from iCloud then they will be deleted from your devices.
    05-28-2020 09:00 PM
  3. Mike Papadopoulos1's Avatar
    Thank you! How do I know the difference? In other words, my iPhone automatically backs up every 24 hours, so I understand that the notes will not get deleted from a mere backup, but when do I know that it is syncing rather than merely backing up? Is syncing iPhone to iCloud something that I physically have to do manually or is it also automatic?
    05-28-2020 09:31 PM
  4. Mike Papadopoulos1's Avatar
    THANKS TO YOUR ADVICE I LOST EVERYTHING!!!!!
    05-28-2020 10:38 PM
  5. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    THANKS TO YOUR ADVICE I LOST EVERYTHING!!!!!
    I doubt that. If you can tell me that your iPhone automatically backs up to iCloud every 24 hours like you did in your second post then you knew it was an automatic process.

    I made it perfectly clear that whatever is deleted in iCloud will be deleted from your devices.

    With that being said, since you have backup, simply restore one of them to retrieve your lost notes, if they were indeed backed up.
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    05-29-2020 06:27 AM
  6. Lee_Bo's Avatar
    THANKS TO YOUR ADVICE I LOST EVERYTHING!!!!!
    Apple provides training, both in store an online, so you can learn all the basic fundamentals of how iOS works:
    https://training.apple.com/
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYF...ERYx8-ZHucZbDA <----Apple Support

    I would suggest you check them out when you have time.

    Thanks.
    05-29-2020 08:22 AM
  7. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    Hi, Mike. When you delete notes from your notes app, they stay in your back up until the next back up. That next back up overwrites the previous back up. So those notes you deleted will no longer be in the iCloud back up. Backing up to iCloud is not the same as storing files like you would photos to Dropbox. A back up only backs up what is currently on your iPhone.
    Did you check the "Recently Deleted" folder in the Notes app? They should remain there for 30 days.
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    05-29-2020 09:30 AM
  8. Annie_M's Avatar
    THANKS TO YOUR ADVICE I LOST EVERYTHING!!!!!
    Please remember that we are all volunteers, doing our best to help people navigate their issues and troubles with Apple products and iOS. It's very easy to get frustrated, but PLEASE be patient, and do not take your frustrations out on the volunteers that are trying to help you.
    05-29-2020 04:19 PM

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