Where are Samsung notes stored?


The age of digitalization has made note-taking convenient and more accessible. Gone are the days when people needed to carry a paper notebook and pen everywhere they went. Nowadays, we have all our notes stored safely in our smartphones. One of the most popular tools for this is the Samsung Notes app, available on all Samsung devices, which offers a blend of simplicity and feature-richness, making it an ideal tool for note-taking.

Yet, a common question that arises among users is, “Where are Samsung notes stored?” It’s a critical query, as understanding the storage mechanism is essential to ensure data security and easy access to the data when required.

Local Storage of Samsung Notes

First and foremost, all the notes you create using the Samsung Notes app are stored in your device’s local storage. Samsung uses its proprietary format to store notes on the device, meaning the notes are not readily accessible in other applications.

If you navigate through the phone’s storage directory, you can find the path where these notes are stored. However, directly accessing the note files may not be beneficial due to the encryption and the format Samsung uses to ensure the privacy of these files.

Can You Retrieve Samsung Notes On Android?

You can retrieve Samsung Notes on Android if they have been properly backed up. Here’s a general guide on how you can retrieve your Samsung Notes if they have been synced or backed up using Samsung Cloud or Microsoft OneDrive.

Samsung Cloud

If you have synced your Samsung Notes with Samsung Cloud, you can retrieve them by following these steps:

  1. Open the Samsung Notes app on your device.
  2. Tap on the three vertical dots located in the upper-right corner.
  3. Select “Settings.”
  4. Tap on “Sync with Samsung Cloud.”
  5. Click on “Restore” and select the notes you want to retrieve.
  6. Tap “Restore” again. The selected notes should now appear in your Samsung Notes app.

Microsoft OneDrive

If you have synced your Samsung Notes with Microsoft OneDrive, you can retrieve them by doing the following:

  1. Open the Samsung Notes app on your device.
  2. Tap on the three vertical dots located in the upper-right corner.
  3. Select “Settings.”
  4. Tap on “Sync with Microsoft OneDrive.”
  5. Click on “Sync Now.” Your notes should start syncing and appear in your Samsung Notes app.

Remember, depending on your Android and Samsung Notes versions; the process might vary slightly.

If you’ve lost notes due to accidental deletion and haven’t backed them up, retrieving them may be impossible. For the future, it’s good practice to have a regular sync or backup schedule to prevent data loss.

For comprehensive recovery of lost data, consider seeking help from professional data recovery services, though success is not guaranteed, especially if the data was not backed up or if the device storage has been overwritten.

What are Samsung Notes saved as?

Samsung Notes are saved in a proprietary format on the device, meaning they are not readily accessible or readable by other applications. This format is designed to be compatible with Samsung’s software and ensure the privacy and security of your notes.

However, Samsung Notes allows users to export notes in various formats that other applications can open. These include:

  • PDF: The most common export format, this can be opened by any PDF reader.
  • Microsoft Word (.docx): This allows you to open and edit the note in Microsoft Word or any other application that can handle .docx files.
  • Image file (.jpg): The note can be exported as an image file.
  • Text file (.txt): This is a simple, unformatted text version of the note.

To export a note in one of these formats, open the note, tap the three dots in the upper-right corner to open the menu, and select “Save as file.” Then choose the format you wish to export the note in.

For syncing and cloud storage, Samsung Notes are also saved and encrypted in a format that is compatible with the cloud service (Samsung Cloud or Microsoft OneDrive) and can be viewed and edited on other devices logged into the same account.

Samsung Cloud Storage

In addition to local storage, Samsung also offers the option to back up your notes to Samsung Cloud. This feature can be particularly helpful in situations where you need to restore your notes after a device reset, switch to a new device, or want to access your notes across multiple Samsung devices.

Once you’ve enabled the backup and sync feature in the Samsung Notes app settings, your notes are automatically backed up to your Samsung Cloud account. Samsung encrypts the data during transmission and when stored on their servers, which adds a layer of security to your notes.

Do Samsung notes get backed up?

Samsung Notes can be backed up to Samsung Cloud or Microsoft OneDrive, depending on your settings and the current stage of transition between these services. This feature is extremely handy for those times when you change devices, lose your device, or have to perform a factory reset.

Here’s a brief explanation of both services:

  1. Samsung Cloud: Earlier, Samsung Notes were primarily backed up to Samsung Cloud. If you’ve enabled the sync feature in your Samsung Notes settings, your notes get automatically backed up to your Samsung Cloud account. To check this, you can navigate to Settings > Accounts and Backup> Samsung Cloud > Samsung Notes on your Samsung device.
  2. Microsoft OneDrive: Since late 2020, Samsung has begun transitioning from Samsung Cloud to Microsoft OneDrive for data backup, including Samsung Notes. This shift is part of a strategic partnership between Microsoft and Samsung to provide a seamless cross-device experience. If you’ve linked your Samsung Notes app to your Microsoft OneDrive account, your notes get automatically backed up to the cloud. You can access them on any device by logging in with the same Microsoft account.

In either case, checking if your notes are being backed up manually is important. You can do this by going into your Samsung Notes app’s settings or logging into your cloud account (either Samsung Cloud or Microsoft OneDrive) on a different device to see if your notes appear there.

Remember, your device settings must enable the backup and synchronization options to back up your notes automatically. If these options are turned off, your notes will not be backed up to Samsung Cloud or Microsoft OneDrive.

Transition to Microsoft OneDrive

Since October 2020, Samsung has been transitioning from Samsung Cloud to Microsoft’s OneDrive for backing up notes and other data, including photos and files. This transition is in line with the strategic partnership between Samsung and Microsoft aimed at offering seamless productivity experiences across devices.

By linking your Samsung Notes app to your Microsoft OneDrive account, you can have your notes backed up to the cloud automatically. This way, you can access them on other devices, such as your PC, as long as you log in using the same Microsoft account. It’s important to remember that this service also encrypts your notes to ensure data security.

How to find Samsung Notes on the computer?

To access your Samsung Notes on your computer, you’ll need to sync your notes with Microsoft OneDrive, given Samsung’s strategic transition from Samsung Cloud to OneDrive for data backup and synchronization.

Please note that the process might slightly differ based on updates or changes Samsung may have made after my last training data in September 2021.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to sync your Samsung Notes with OneDrive and access them on your computer:

  1. Sync Your Samsung Notes to OneDrive
    1. On your Samsung device, open the Samsung Notes app.
    2. Tap the three lines in the upper-left corner to open the menu.
    3. Go to “Settings.”
    4. Tap on “Sync with OneDrive.”
    5. Sign in to your Microsoft account (or create one if you don’t have one).
    6. Follow the prompts to allow Samsung Notes to access your OneDrive account.
    7. Once the accounts are linked, your notes should start syncing to OneDrive.
  2. Access Your Samsung Notes on Your Computer
    1. Open a web browser on your computer.
    2. Navigate to the OneDrive website (https://onedrive.live.com).
    3. Log in with the same Microsoft account you used to sync your Samsung Notes.
    4. Once logged in, you should see a folder named “Samsung Notes.” All your synced notes should be present there.

If you have the OneDrive app installed on your computer, you can also access your Samsung Notes directly from there. Just open the app, log in to your Microsoft account, and look for the “Samsung Notes” folder.

Remember that only the notes you’ve created or updated after enabling the sync with OneDrive will appear on your computer. Any changes you make to your notes on one device will be reflected on all devices connected to the same Microsoft account.


The storage of Samsung Notes on your device and cloud services like Samsung Cloud or Microsoft OneDrive ensures that your notes are always accessible and secure. Understanding these storage mechanisms is crucial to manage and protect your data effectively. However, you should also remember to back up your notes to prevent data loss frequently.

Despite the complex storage formats and encryption, rest assured that your notes are stored safely and privately. If you need access to your notes on different platforms, consider using the syncing feature with Microsoft OneDrive, which allows for efficient cross-platform access. Understanding these processes becomes increasingly important as we move towards a more digital world.