I upgraded my MacBook Pro to El Capitan (MacBook Pro, Late 2011, 16GB RAM) and the Notes app is gone! All the notes for 3 years and the App. I've spent hours on the phone with Apple techs, but it is still not resolved. Does anyone here have an answer?

My machine now freezes often. It is causing issues with corrupted files and continuity.

  • Try to chane the title of your question so it will be more clear. Did you use iCloud? If yes, you can view your notes at icloud.com – Jules Jan 6 '16 at 6:02
  • Would you mind if I simplified this question to be about one topic? It starts about where notes are stored and then goes into a ton of symptoms on iOS. You could ask that question separately and link here if you explain the connection between notes on the Mac and Siri on iOS. – bmike Feb 26 '16 at 16:10

Here's how to recover all our notes:

  • Open the terminal. We find it in Applications -> Utilities -> Terminal, or simply by searching in Spotlight.
  • Entered the terminal, let's move to the folder where the files where there are our notes by typing cd ~ / Library / Containers / com.apple.Notes / Data / Library / Notes / followed by pressing the enter key on the keyboard.
  • We initiate the SQLite command shell by typing sqlite3 and pressing the enter key. At this point we find ourselves on the message screen sqlite> . Great, we are prompt in the program.
  • We type .open NotesV6.storedata pigiamo and the enter key of the keyboard. It should not happen anything, but everything is normal. We type select ZHTMLSTRING from ZNOTEBODY; therefore sending. At this point you should be displayed several lines of html code containing inside all our notes.
  • By scrolling through the results on the screen, select all lines of code that are present from the tag to and clicking the right mouse button on the selection, then choose Copy.
  • We type .Quit to exit the SQLite shell and close the terminal. Paste the text you just copied into TextEdit and save the file in web page format (.html).
  • At this point, opening the .html file you just created, we will meet within it all our dear old notes that were lost.

-- Directions retrieved from here: http://www.maccanismi.it/2015/10/06/problema-risolto-note-scomparse-da-os-x-el-capitan/

I had some trouble after copy and pasting to text edit and then saving as html. What I had pasted was html content inside of html. So when I opened the newly saved html file in chrome, it just displayed the html code. Just copy and paste the information in the webpage to a new text edit document and save as html again. Now you can open it in and it will render correctly.

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  • This is good advice, but I would add a step zero: Turn off iCloud sync on all devices and then take inventory - is the web app icloud.com/#notes2 correct? Are the deleted notes stored in Recently Deleted? (Or are you still on notes v1) Also - make note if you delete notes or keep them on each device as you turn off sync. – bmike Feb 26 '16 at 16:13
  • Thanks, this worked for me. Symptom was that I opened Notes one day on El Cap and all the Notes were gone. They were present in this Sqlite database though. – Scott McIntyre Aug 16 '16 at 14:35

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