Solved - Mac Notes Disappeared after Update to macOS Mojave

Updated to macOS Data Recovery Tips by William on Nov 15, 2023 | Approved by Anthony Spadafora

"it’s really weird that mac Mojave deleted all my notes. Notes disappeared from Mac after update to macOS Mojave. I don’t know why it happened. However, it did. Please tell me how to recover notes disappeared from my MacBook air".

macOS Mojave is the latest macOS and you can see the reminder pops up all the way on your Mac, asking you to update the macOS to Mojave. Most people update the macOS without any problem. However, some people still face some issues. And losing notes is one of the issues. Here in the following, I will explain how to fix Mac notes disappeared after updating to macOS 10.14.1, Mojave. Generally speaking, there are 3 ways available to recover notes on Mac. You need to choose the way that’s right for you.

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Method #1. Check out the Recently Deleted Folder to Solved Notes Disappeared from Mac
Method #2. Scan Mac for Recovering Notes As Soon As Possible
Method #3. Fix Mac Notes Disappeared with Time Machine Backup

Method #1. Check out the Recently Deleted Folder to Solved Notes Disappeared from Mac

To avoid accidental deletion, Mac keeps the deleted notes on Mac for 30 days after the deletion. You can check out the Recently Deleted Folder to see whether the missing notes deleted by updating to Mojave are there or not. Here are the steps to recover Mac notes disappeared with the recently deleted folder:

Step 1. launch the Notes App on your Mac. Click the "Recently Deleted" menu on the left.

Step 2. Check out the deleted notes are there or not. If they’re there, find your deleted notes and select them. And then, please right click to select "Move to" option to recover deleted notes Mac.

This way is not available for permanent deletion and recover deleted files from emptied trash. If you can’t recover the Mojave deleted notes by using this way, try the following way to Mac recover notes.

Method #2. Scan Mac for Recovering Notes As Soon As Possible

If your notes on Mac are missing or completely disappeared after update to macOS Mojave, the best solution is to try iBeesoft Data Recovery for Mac to scan for the deleted notes on your iMac and MacBook. It will scan for the deleted notes on Mac and avoid data overwritten at the same time.

Why need iBeesoft Data Recovery for Mac for help? By default, all deleted files are marked as useless, especially these ones are deleted by Rm. They’re still on your Mac, invisible by human beings, but waiting to be overwritten by new data. You can recover them manually and any further operation your Mac might cause the Mac notes disappeared permanently. iBeesoft Data Recovery is a professional tool, specially designed for Mac users to recover notes, videos, photos, audio files and more. It will shorten the time for the scanning process and avoid data overwritten effectively.

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Steps to Recover Notes on Mac

It not only solves the problem notes missing after update to Mojave but also recover notes lost or deleted in other scenarios: macOS crash, App crash without saving notes, untitled notes deleted, notes deleted and emptied trash, etc. Here are the simple steps for how to recover deleted/lost notes after update to macOS Mojave.

Step 1. Click the download button to get the installation package of the notes recovery software on Mac. You can trust it, virus-free, stable and standalone. Install it on your Mac. It’s fully compatible with Mojave.

Step 2. Launch the Notes recovery software on Mac. In the first window, you need to select the file types to scan. In this place, I suggest you keep the Documents and Other Files selected, and unselect other files. By doing this, if there is any note, it can find it for sure. And shorten the scanning process simultaneously. Then, click "Start" to recover notes Mac.

Step 3. From the next window, you’re supposed to select the partition where your notes once saved. It will display all partitions available, including the connected hard drives as well. Please select the right one and click "Scan" to scanning your lost notes on Mac.

Step 4. It will take a few minutes for the scanning process. Be patient. You can keep it running in the background and have a cup of tea. When it finished, you can select the found notes to preview. When finding the target notes, select them and click "Recover" to save them right away.

You can also see there is an option named as "Deep Scan" in the result window. You can try it to scan your Mac again for the deleted notes. It will find more files for you.

Method #3. Fix Mac Notes Disappeared with Time Machine Backup

If you have backed up your Mac to Time Machine, then you can restore the deleted notes in Mojave with the Time Machine Backup File. It is great. The only problem is that it will overwritten the current files, replaced with the backed up ones. Here are the steps for how to use Time Machine to get notes back after disappeared.

1. Open Finder and go to the Go > Go To Folder menu on the top.

2. Copy and paste the directory ~/Library/Container/ and press Enter button.

3. From the folder you can see 3 types of file for note with the extentions .storedata, .storedata-shm, .storedata-wal. Copy all of them and save to a new fo.der.

4. Replace the copies with the extension .html, which will change the files to HTML files. After then, you can drag and drop them to Safari to open them.

5. Try Cmd and F keys to search for deleted notes by mac Mojave. Select the needed notes, copy and paste them to a new note.