How To Undo Notes on iPhone

Iphone With Notes

The Notes app on iOS devices is undoubtedly a fan favorite for those who prefer noting things down on the go or even storing important information on their electronics. However, once in a while, you are bound to make a typo or want to edit the notes you have created. 

Quick Answer

To undo notes on your iPhone:

1) Click on the Notes app and select the note you want to delete.
2) Shake your iPhone three to four times until the “Undo Typing” button appears.
3) Click on the “Undo Typing” button.

This article contains several ways to undo notes on an iPhone. 

Method #1: Shake To Undo

Undoubtedly, one of the most common ways to undo an error on the Notes app is to shake your iPhone. However, it’s imperative to note that for this method to work, you need to have enabled the feature by tapping on the “Settings” icon > click “Accessibility” > click “Touch” > Switch on “Shake to Undo”

Enabling the above feature will also work on all other apps such as WhatsApp, mail, etc. With that said, If you have already done the above procedure, follow the steps below:

  1. Open the note that has the error you want to undo.
  2. Shake your phone three or four times
  3. Click “Undo Typing” or shake the phone another three times to get rid of the most recent change you made to the open document.
  4. If you change your mind, shake your iPhone three times and click “Redo Typing”

Method #2: Undo Using the Mark-Up Tool

Although the above method is the most popular choice for undoing notes on the iPhone, it can be unpleasant, especially if you tend to shake your phone a lot. 

Unknown to many, the Notes app has a somewhat hidden mark-up tool. Here is how to access it. 

  1. Open the document that contains the error you want to undo. 
  2. Tap on the Mark-up icon located at the top of the keyboard. For clarity, it resembles the top half of a marker pen enclosed in a circle.
  3. Two arrows will appear on top of the document. Click on the left arrow to undo any errors, and click on the right arrow to redo accidental changes

Method #3: Undo Using Finger Gestures

Assuming you have already enabled the accessibility feature that lets you use three fingers to perform tasks such as changing screens, taking screenshots, and undoing changes on documents. Follow the steps below:

  1. Open the document that has the issue.
  2. Swipe left with three fingers.
  3. Either tap the “Undo” prompt that will have appeared or continue to swipe right until the changes you want are complete. 

Alternatively, follow the steps below:

  1. Open the note containing the error. 
  2. Double-tap anywhere on the screen with three fingers.
  3. Tap “Undo”

Finally, there is another finger gesture you could use. Follow the steps below:

  1. Single tap anywhere on your screen with three fingers.
  2. Click “Undo”, which is depicted as an arrow facing the left of your screen. 

Method #4: Undo Using Keyboard Controls

The easiest way to undo a typo or an unwanted recent change on your Notes app is to use the keyboard controls. However, this option isn’t viable if you use the standard iPhone keyboard. It’s only applicable if you have an external one, e.g., the Bluetooth-enabled Apple Magic Keyboard or any other you deem fit. 

  1. Open the Note that contains the error you want to undo.
  2. Click the Command + Z keys simultaneously to undo and Shift+Command+Z to redo any recent changes. 

How To Recover a Deleted Note

Accidentally deleting a note is bound to cause panic. However, the good news is you can quickly restore it provided 30 days haven’t elapsed since the day you made a mistake. Here is how to go about it:

  1. Open notes and tap the back button located on the top left of your screen. It will take you to the “Folders” menu.
  2. Click “Recently Deleted”.
  3. Locate the note you want to recover and click on it. 
  4. Click “Edit”.
  5. Click “Restore Note” to find the note in question on your Notes app homepage. 

If you delete a shared note for which you aren’t the original creator, it will not move to your recently deleted folder. For this reason, you will need to follow a different set of steps if you want to retrieve it. 


The Notes app is one of the most convenient apps on your iPhone, primarily if you utilize it constantly. One of its significant problems is that Apple has yet to add an undo button on the notes display screen. 

Considering that it’s inevitable for you to make errors while typing, editing, or uploading documents on the Notes app, the above article contains several easy-to-follow guidelines to help you undo or redo relevant changes to your notes.  

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