I put my phone in my pocket unlocked and when I took it out again it had opened Notes, deleted my growing task list and made a new empty note.

I opened Notes on my Mac, and saw the note in question, yay! ...and then sync kicked in and deleted it.

Guides suggest looking in the Deleted Notes folder, but I don't have one of those on any of my platforms.

Can anyone offer a reason this might be happening?

  • Try Time Machine in~/Library/Group Containers/group.com.apple.notes/ [I've never seen a deleted notes folder.]
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Sep 28, 2021 at 13:28

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On Big Sur there is a folder called "Recently Deleted", however there seems to be a bug where the folder sometimes does not show on a device that has not deleted a note.

Either look for the folder on your iPhone or on your Mac: Create a new note and delete it, see if that triggers the folder to show up.

  • It did make it appear - but the original missing note is not in it. I also had the original note pinned to my opening screen, which now states "Note No Longer Available". Looks like its gone for good. Commented Oct 4, 2021 at 13:30
  • I guess a last resort could be to check if it's still available on the web (icloud.com). Commented Oct 4, 2021 at 13:41
  • Tried that. When I logged in it was there, but it literally disappeared as I watched. Commented Oct 4, 2021 at 14:10
  • If TimeMachine is enabled on your Mac you could try the answers provided on this question: apple.stackexchange.com/questions/229357/… Commented Oct 4, 2021 at 17:44

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