Deleting emails from your Gmail inbox may well be something you do regularly to keep your inbox organized.
However, it’s a fact that users often come across situations where they’ve deleted an email accidentally. It’s thus, important to be aware of the ways to recover them. We take a look at them here:
How to Recover Deleted Emails in Gmail
Recovering messages from the Trash Folder
Gmail allows users to move emails out of the “Trash” folder if they have been deleted in the last 30 days. Here’s how to go about the process:
For Android Users
- Head over to “Menu” in your Gmail app.
- Go to “Trash”.
- Tap the letter or photo next to the emails you want to restore.
- Tap More > Move to
5. Select where you want to move the email to, like your inbox.
For Desktop Users
- Log into your Gmail account.
- Scroll down on the left side of the page, then click More > Trash.
3. Check the box next to the emails you want to restore.
4. Select “Move to“.
5. Now choose where you want to move the email to.
For IOS Users
- On your iPhone or iPad, go to the Gmail app.
- In the top left, tap Menu > Trash.
- Tap the circular sender’s image or letter next to the emails you want to restore.
- In the top right, tap More > Move to.
- Select where you want to move the email to, like a category or label.
Note: Once you hit the “Delete Forever” button in the “Trash” folder, that’s it. The emails are gone. No confirmation message appears, neither there’s an “Undo” button that appears when you send the emails to “Trash”.
It’s very difficult to recover emails that have been deleted permanently. Be sure you want to delete the emails before clicking the “Delete Forever” button.
Request Google to Recover Deleted Emails
Accidentally deleting an important email forever can undeniably be a stressful event. In case you’ve somehow deleted an important email forever, there’s an option to ask Google to recover it using its email recovery workflow. Follow these steps to proceed:
- Navigate to the Gmail Message Recovery Tool page and confirm your account information once you’re logged in.
- Click Continue to confirm the email account.
- You will now be asked to secure your account (Google gives some recommendations on how to make your account more secure) and change your password. Proceed accordingly.
- Links will be there on the page – just click them and follow the flow.
5. Now click “Continue” and then repeat the first step.
A message stating either an error or success will appear after a few moments. An error message implies that the emails have been deleted from Google’s servers and cannot be recovered. If you received a success message, you should probably receive your emails within the next 24 hours.
The recovered emails should appear in the “All Mail” tab on the left side of your inbox. You can also locate the desired email in the search box.
Recovering emails that were sent to “Trash” within the last 30 days is extremely convenient. On the other hand, once the emails are deleted permanently, recovering them can get quite complicated.
If those emails have been deleted from Google’s servers, then they can’t be recovered. Hence, before deleting the emails forever, it is essential to be sure that they are no longer needed.
We hope that this article will help you recover your deleted emails. Do let us know of any questions that you may have.