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How To Recover Deleted emails

Help and advice on how to recover an email if you delete it from your Gmail account. Have you ever deleted an important Gmail email by mistake?

It is easily done with a click of the mouse. Gone are those important addresses and URLS. Gone are the passwords and sign up details that you wanted to note down first.


Recover Deleted Gmail Emails
Recover Deleted Gmail Emails

But is this Deleted email Really Gone for Good


There is an easy way to recover all deleted emails that have been lost when you clicked the delete button by mistake.

What can you do when this happens?

All email providers have a fail safe on their email accounts. I will deal will Google’s email which is called Gmail or Google Mail depending where you live in the world.

Recover Deleted Gmail Emails

On the far left of the screen of your Gmail account you will see a number of options.

These options are:

  • Inbox
  • Buzzed
  • Starred
  • Important
  • Sent Email
  • Drafts
  • Circles
  • Personal
  • Travel
  • 6 More (with a drop down arrow to the right of it.)

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Using Gmail email
Using Gmail email

Gmail emails

  • Go to the option ‘6 More’
  • Click on the arrow to the right of this option.

This will bring up more options, they are:

  • Chats
  • All Mail
  • Spam
  • Trash
  • Receipts
  • Work
  • Manage Labels
  • Create new label

Click on the Trash button

There you will see all the emails you deleted in the past thirty days. If you only just deleted the email you want to recover it will be on the top of the list.

You will see the empty tiny boxes on the left of all these emails. Click on this box that corresponds with the email you want to recover.

  • A tick will appear in the box.
  • Then go up the Gmail Task bar on the top. You will see a number of options.

Delete Forever, Spam, Move to, Labels, More.

  • Click on the ‘Move to’ box. You will be given eight places to move the email to.
  • Scroll down to Inbox.
  • Click on the Inbox word.

Then the email is automatically sent back to your inbox and you have recovered the email you deleted by mistake.

Gmail Trash

Gmail only keeps your deleted emails in the Trash Box for thirty days. So if you do not retrieve the email by then it will be gone for good!

How To Recover Deleted Gmail emails
How To Recover Deleted Gmail emails

How to Delete your emails

I am sure you are delighted that you were able to recover the email you deleted by mistake.

But did you notice something when you followed this process?

What about the emails you deleted on purpose? They are also in the Trash box.

This is fine if you have your own laptop or computer and you are the only one who has access to it. What if you share one at home or even in the office at work?

Okay I know you probably think that your email account can not be used by other people because you have your own password. Wrong! Unfortunately it is all too easy for someone to guess your password if they know you.

Do you Want to Take that Chance?

Just a word of warning as you can see from the above instructions anyone can retrieve emails that you have deleted by going to the Trash box.

What to do If you have personal or sensitive emails you want to delete that can not be retrieved by other people. Make sure when you do delete them that you go directly to the Trash Box and click on those emails and press the ‘Delete Forever’ button too.

Gmail emails

So as you can see from the above article it is an easy process to recover any emails that you deleted by mistake.

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The other options which I listed above are also well worth exploring too. And do not forget about the other aspect of the deleted emails option.

If you have a sensitive email on your work computer or a very personal one on your shared laptop at home then make sure you use the delete forever button in the Trash box.

This will ensure that you have deleted these emails completely.

How to get back deleted emails

How to use the options in your Gmail account

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Pcunix 4 years ago from SE MA

Correction: MOST providers will let you recover deleted emails for some period of time. Some (the one I sell, for example) can let you recover even when they are gone from Trash.

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viking305 4 years ago from Ireland Author

Thanks Pcunix for reading and taking the time to comment. Yes I agree with you but the article is about showing people who are not aware that you can recover deleted emails how to do it.

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vinner 4 years ago from India

Very nice work friend. You can try archiving your mail instead of deleting them. So that you can refer them in future if you want

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moiragallaga 4 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

Very useful information viking305, well presented and helpful to those who would like to know how to recover their accidentally deleted e-mail.

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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

Very useful for anyone that is new to Gmail. This feature is useful, but you have to remember to do the full delete if it is something you want to be completely removed from your account.

SOCIALLY SHARED, up and useful.

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EclecticFusion 4 years ago from Tennessee

Valuable information! Yes, I've done this and had no idea what to do! Thanks for SHARING!

Voted useful and up! SHARED on Twitter.

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viking305 4 years ago from Ireland Author

Thanks everyone for taking the time to leave a comment.

It is very easy to delete an email by mistake, I have done it a few times, but at least it is easy enough to get back too.

Debbie Louie 4 years ago

Accidentally Deleted My Gmail Account, Friday Night 3-30-2012. How It Get It Back Debbie Need Help! I've tried just about everything

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viking305 4 years ago from Ireland Author

Hello Debbie sorry to hear that. If you only deleted your Gmail account and not the remainder of your Google account then there is an easy solution. Click this Google Help section here

and follow the simple instructions. Basically you can recover your deleted Gmail account if you still have a Google account.

If however you deleted your whole Google account then there is no way you can recover any of it.

Good luck and let me know how you got on

tahrir 4 years ago

please can u show me step by step how to get an email add,show me 1 to copy semilarty .so i can copy and put my own password.thanks i am 60+ years old .

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viking305 4 years ago from Ireland Author

Tahrir near the end of this article I have a direct link under the title 'How to open Google email account'.

Click on this and you will go straight to the form. Fill it in and you will be able to create angmail account very easily. Good luck

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viking305 22 months ago from Ireland Author

It is a shock when you delete an email by mistake but it is easy enough to recover if you are using Gmail as your email account

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