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Hello,

this is my first time on any forum, but I have a question. Somehow I deleted the text from one of my notes (must have absent mindedly selected it the accidentally hit enter). Of course, it synched (i.e. eliminated!) everywhere! At any rate, I want that text. As I deleted text, not the note, it is not in the trash anywhere. I tried to search/follow other web searches, and "found" the evernote data back up from a day ago (no easy task!!). But even going back in time does not seem to recover the text from that note. Is synch retroactive? Is there no way to restore the state of that note to a prior time when the text was present?? If there is a way, can you give me a step by step broken down for a 3rd grader? Remember, the note still exists, it is just blank. Thank you for any help/insight you can provide. If I am SOL then give me the bad news, and I can start to try to rebuild, however, this really panics me as I have some critical information on some notes that could be catastrophic is I cannot go back in time. (should I go to manual synch?). Help.

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Welcome to the forum (and to the world of internet forums), mactease! I think:

—If you're a premium user, and this note was synced, with the text you're looking for, sometime in the past, you should be able to recover it. Go to "Note" in the menu bar, then "Note History..." and you'll see options of past versions that you can recover.

—If you're a free user, you're SOL, since note history is a feature offered only to premium users.

But if I'm wrong I know someone will come by soon to correct me.

Also, when you say you "'found' the evernote data back up from a day ago (no easy task!!). But even going back in time does not seem to recover the text from that note," how are you trying to open the note/access the data? If you truly backed this up before deleting the text, I don't understand how the contents of the note at the time of the backup are deleted or otherwise inaccessible.

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Hello,

this is my first time on any forum, but I have a question. Somehow I deleted the text from one of my notes (must have absent mindedly selected it the accidentally hit enter). Of course, it synched (i.e. eliminated!) everywhere! At any rate, I want that text. As I deleted text, not the note, it is not in the trash anywhere. I tried to search/follow other web searches, and "found" the evernote data back up from a day ago (no easy task!!). But even going back in time does not seem to recover the text from that note. Is synch retroactive? Is there no way to restore the state of that note to a prior time when the text was present?? If there is a way, can you give me a step by step broken down for a 3rd grader? Remember, the note still exists, it is just blank. Thank you for any help/insight you can provide. If I am SOL then give me the bad news, and I can start to try to rebuild, however, this really panics me as I have some critical information on some notes that could be catastrophic is I cannot go back in time. (should I go to manual synch?). Help.

hi. welcome to the forums!

as i understand it, all notes are backed up every few hours (8?) and there are note histories (assuming your note is more than 8 hours old). if you are a premium user, you can see the old versions. if you are not, you can upgrade ($5 per month / $45 per year) or contact support and see what they can do for you. it is entirely possible that they have a backup and can get it to you.

if you have been doing time machine backups (i think you ought to be doing this at least daily -- storage is so inexpensive these days, and all you have to do is plug it in) then you can easily go back and find the note content on your own. just do a spotlight search (i prefer the app houdahspot) using the keywords you know are present in the note.

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Thank you both for the prompt response.

First, I am a free user so no note history.:(

Second, when I go to the evernote library in finder (user/content/) there are lots of folders.

Third, further complication: I screwed up on my laptop, but it is my desktop that has time machine.

Sooo. I painstakingly looked through content at the "Pxxx" folders by date and "did a quick look"on the laptop. I copied the appropriate folders into dropbox and added them to the desktop content. Found the appropriate one and went back to yesterday in time machine, clicked on the folder to restore (kept both files). VOILA! Success!! *whew* steep learning curve and a wasted day, but maybe this will help someone else. BTW, spotlight only shows the current version of that file. Haven't tried the other but will make a note. Also, will consider the upgrade. Thanks to you both!!

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Thank you both for the prompt response.

First, I am a free user so no note history. :(

Second, when I go to the evernote library in finder (user/content/) there are lots of folders.

Third, further complication: I screwed up on my laptop, but it is my desktop that has time machine.

Sooo. I painstakingly looked through content at the "Pxxx" folders by date and "did a quick look"on the laptop. I copied the appropriate folders into dropbox and added them to the desktop content. Found the appropriate one and went back to yesterday in time machine, clicked on the folder to restore (kept both files). VOILA! Success!! *whew* steep learning curve and a wasted day, but maybe this will help someone else. BTW, spotlight only shows the current version of that file. Haven't tried the other but will make a note. Also, will consider the upgrade. Thanks to you both!!

Glad we could help :)

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Hello,

this is my first time on any forum, but I have a question. Somehow I deleted the text from one of my notes (must have absent mindedly selected it the accidentally hit enter). Of course, it synched (i.e. eliminated!) everywhere! At any rate, I want that text. As I deleted text, not the note, it is not in the trash anywhere. I tried to search/follow other web searches, and "found" the evernote data back up from a day ago (no easy task!!). But even going back in time does not seem to recover the text from that note. Is synch retroactive? Is there no way to restore the state of that note to a prior time when the text was present?? If there is a way, can you give me a step by step broken down for a 3rd grader? Remember, the note still exists, it is just blank. Thank you for any help/insight you can provide. If I am SOL then give me the bad news, and I can start to try to rebuild, however, this really panics me as I have some critical information on some notes that could be catastrophic is I cannot go back in time. (should I go to manual synch?). Help.

Dear mactease,

I must thank you because with your post you have exactly formulated my same issue. I agree as well with you that is not a easy task to move through data back up.

I think that handling certaing note formats has some troubles: I mean that when I try to modify a PDF note, sometimes it happens that the note doesn't change but it suddenly disappear. Better: not the note, but the text inside that. That is what happened to me and required me to restore the text note. Just to use your precise query words.

Said this, I must point out that I'm a premium user and note history is an explained feature for my profile.... so I've been careless and EverNote clearly offered the way to solve the problem.

Thanks for you post. I'm sorry for your problem.

Guido

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I am a premium user, note history is pretty much useless it only backs up once every couple days not after every sync, which is what you need in these types of situation

It would at least be nice to have something like last 10 syncs and then do it daily or weekly or something...

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Note history creates a snapshot of your not on our server every 8 hours. If you have synced multiple times in the same 8 hour period, then we will only have one version for that session.

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Note history creates a snapshot of your not on our server every 8 hours. If you have synced multiple times in the same 8 hour period, then we will only have one version for that session.

So if I upgrade to Premium now, will I have access to Note History for an existing note that was created on the free version? I have a similar issue where note content somehow disappeared. Or wil Note History only work moving forward from the time of Premium activation?

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—If you're a premium user, and this note was synced, with the text you're looking for, sometime in the past, you should be able to recover it. Go to "Note" in the menu bar, then "Note History..." and you'll see options of past versions that you can recover.

 

What if my note wasn't synced yet, but was only just created locally? 

 

I don't find the option mentioned by you. I just see a "Restore" line, which is greyed out though for me, even though I'm a Premium user.

 

 

Note history creates a snapshot of your not on our server every 8 hours. If you have synced multiple times in the same 8 hour period, then we will only have one version for that session.

 

What? Every 8 hours only? -.- That is no note/version history functionality! That is just a "backup" function, but it won't allow me to gradually roll back items I made within the last five or one minute. I fell for your deceptive marketing. -.- I can't understand why you cannot include true note history functionality for 40 € / year, when the volume of data is much smaller than what people throw into Dropbox etc. Because Dropbox, Box, Google Drive sync every individual change, why can't Evernote do so too? (At least locally, if not via Sync)

 

Finally: Why does "Edit > Undo" simply not work?! It almost never works when I try it! It's like that since at least one year...

It's an absolute disgrace that this still isn't fixed or working properly. (Like in every other PC software since 1997!) But it's probably just your way to lure people into Premium...

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—If you're a premium user, and this note was synced, with the text you're looking for, sometime in the past, you should be able to recover it. Go to "Note" in the menu bar, then "Note History..." and you'll see options of past versions that you can recover.

 

What if my note wasn't synced yet, but was only just created locally? 

 

I don't find the option mentioned by you. I just see a "Restore" line, which is greyed out though for me, even though I'm a Premium user.

 

 

>Note history creates a snapshot of your not on our server every 8 hours. If you have synced multiple times in the same 8 hour period, then we will only have one version for that session.

 

What? Every 8 hours only? -.- That is no note/version history functionality! That is just a "backup" function, but it won't allow me to gradually roll back items I made within the last five or one minute. I fell for your deceptive marketing. -.- I can't understand why you cannot include true note history functionality for 40 € / year, when the volume of data is much smaller than what people throw into Dropbox etc. Because Dropbox, Box, Google Drive sync every individual change, why can't Evernote do so too? (At least locally, if not via Sync)

 

Finally: Why does "Edit > Undo" simply not work?! It almost never works when I try it! It's like that since at least one year...

It's an absolute disgrace that this still isn't fixed or working properly. (Like in every other PC software since 1997!) But it's probably just your way to lure people into Premium...

 

 

Hi Philipp. Sorry to hear that the features are not meeting your needs. I don't think they are trying to trick you into purchasing Premium, though. If you contact support (see the link in my signature below) they will probably offer you a refund on the remaining amount of your Premium subscription. 

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You could try a data retrieval software to scan your computer making sure whether the deleted content is still in your computer. There are so many softwares are capable of that, such as Kvisoft.

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I got the similar trouble  :( how can I recover the original version? I've just upgrade to a premium user but I still can not see my original note  :( HELP ME!!

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I realize this won't help the first user (from 2012), but this may help future users.

 

If the content you accidentally deleted was on an iOS device (iPhone, iPad or iPod touch) *and* is old enough to have been in your last backup of your device in iTunes, then you can use a desktop/laptop computer application called iBackupBot to recover the lost data.  iBackupBot for iTunes on Windows or Mac costs US$34.95, but you can download and install the trial version for free (but it's so good, after I used it to recover my lost partial content today, I just purchased it).

iBackupBot allows you to access the latest iTunes backup of your iOS device and access individual files in that backup.  Once you've installed iBackupBot, open it and go to the Evernote documents (User App Files > Evernote > Library > Private Documents > www.evernote.com > (some number: mine is 49355362) > content).  You will see a list of all Note documents.  But the filenames are a long string of what looks like hexadecimal digits and therefore for all intents and purposes are encrypted to you (e.g. ed279ba8-29d1-4d0f-a038-e16f1b326939):  they are actually folders, because each Evernote document is a combination of the Note file plus all embedded images stored externally as individual JPG, etc. files.

So you will have to select the folders one at a time and use the Modified date on each file in there to help you find your file (that's the fastest way I could figure out at this point to find your document).  Double-click any image file to view it or any Note file to view it.  Note files are just text files containing HTML code--the language of the world wide web, which is how Evernote implements its documents I guess.  So you may have to scroll down any Note document you open in order to find any actual text to look at to see if it is your document.  If not, close it and go to the next folder.  It may be a long a tedious process, but it's worth it.

When you find your document, select all the content (e.g. Ctrl-A, i.e. select all the HTML code in that document, from the top to the bottom), copy it to the clipboard (Ctrl-C), create a new text file in your favorite text editor on your computer, and paste (Ctrl-V) and save the contents of the clipboard into that new text file.  Then rename the text file, changing the extention from ".txt" to ".htm" (a web file).  Then just open it in a web browser (e.g. in Windows you can either double-click it or right click the file and choose to open it in Firefox).  Then select the text you want to recover, paste it into a new email message, and email it to yourself.

Back on your iOS device, copy that email's contents and paste it into the Evernote document you lost it in.

Good luck,
Gary

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How to recover lost notes from your iPhone?Is there any way to revore lost notes on iPad? Of course you can restore iPhone notes,all you need is a iOS Data Recovery, you can certainly get your deleted notes back from iPhone/iPad.To iPhone users,It is very effective and efficient,and it is so easy for iPhone/iPad user to operate it

 

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How to recover deleted notes on iphone? You can restore iTunes backups to your iPhone at any time. Follow these steps to choose a backup and sync the data to your iPhone.

Connect the iPhone to the computer with a USB cable.

Open iTunes.

If you have a new or erased iPhone, iTunes will prompt you to restore from backup.

Otherwise, Control-click on your iPhone under DEVICES in the left menu.

Select Restore From Backup...

Choose the backup you wish to sync and click the Restore button. Hope this method can help you recover backup of iPhone. You can have a try!

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How to recover deleted notes on iphone? You can restore iTunes backups to your iPhone at any time. Follow these steps to choose a backup and sync the data to your iPhone.

 

I would NOT recommend doing an iTunes restore of your iPhone/iPad just to recover a few lost Evernote Notes.

The restore process overwrites your entire iPhone, and you will lose all changes/data to you iPhone since the iTunes backup.

 

There are a number of iOS utilities for Mac/PC that will allow you to read/recover data from your iPhone, without any changes to your iPhone.  Several of these are mentioned in the above posts.

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I go through this ***** all the time and it's from hard pressing the text for copying elsewhere. ITS GLITCHY POPS UP FOR A SPLIT SECOND AND GOES AWAY. How the hell is there no shake to undo feature or a stupid undo button like a computer has?! drives me freaking nuts and I've had enough!!!! SERIOUSLY IM FREAKING DONE WITH YOU EVERNOTE. YOU AND YOUR ELEPHANT CAN PISS OFF. DID YOU FORGET THAT PEOPLE MAKE MISTAKES?! Elephants never drop peanuts!! YEAH ***** YOU ELEPHANT YOU CAN'T PICK THAT UP. YOURE NOT ALLOWED TO ACCIDENTALLY DROP YOUR FOOD YOU STARVE!! IF YOU WERE IN SCHOOL YOUD FAIL BEVAUSE OF IMPORTANT THINGS YOU SPENT A LOT OF TIME TYPING YOU DUMBASS BIG EARED IDIOT.

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Where is Note History? How do I get there? I'm running iOS 9.1 on my iPad Air 3. After I encrypted several notes, one of them disappeared entirely, one of them is blank but the title is still there, and one of them is green with 3 copies of the note, one following another, and this last, the green note, can't be edited.

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Where is Note History? How do I get there? I'm running iOS 9.1 on my iPad Air 3. 

 

I don't believe you have access to Note History using EN iOS.

You need to have a Premium account, and use either EN Mac or EN Win.

In EN Mac, select the Note, then goto Note > Note History...

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@JMichael is correct, Note History is only available on the PC/Mac desktop app, or from the web client. See here for the exact steps.

 

Also, in the case of accidental deletions on iOS, 'shake to undo' on iPhone absolutely works with Evernote. There is an actual undo button on iPad, on the keyboard toolbar.

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THis is Ridiculous! why do I need to buy premium for simple UnDO feature? This is a trick 

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Good day people i really need your help,i need basic and simple step on recovering important information on my note,the note is not deleted only that i deleted something from the note am not a premium user,i think my situation is the same as the one of mactease.Please i need simple steps i can follow.

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