All of you know Deleting emails is easy, but recovering them is more of a hassle. In Gmail account, there’s an easy way to do it and a hard way. This former is almost always successful, but it only applies to emails that have been recently deleted. Suppose, however, and you’re looking to recover long-deleted emails, the method gets a whole lot more complicated. Even though, there is no guarantee that it will work. Be that as it may, we will show you both ways to retrieve and Recover Deleted Emails in Gmail.
How to Recover Deleted Emails in Gmail
Well, Recovering deleted emails is a relatively simple process if they were deleted less than 30 days ago. But, if it’s been more than 30 days or if you’ve permanently deleted them manually (more on that later), you’d have to be lucky to get back your mail. Now, we’ll look at both those scenarios to help you Recover Deleted Emails in Gmail. Though, before that, we’ll need to understand the sequence of events that happen when you delete an email from your account.
What Happens When You ‘Delete’ an Email?
So, When you ‘delete’ an email in Gmail or other reputable webmail service providers like Yahoo and Microsoft Outlook, it’s not deleted from your account. Alternatively, it’s moved to a ‘hidden’ folder, typically named ‘Trash’, where it stays for a stipulated period before it’s automatically deleted for good. The time-frame generally is 30 days, but some service providers permit users to change that based on their needs.
You can manually delete emails from trash, but that will also make it difficult to recover them if needed. You can do things to try and get them back, but there’s no guarantee that you’ll be successful. Suppose, however, and you try to restore your deleted mails within the stipulated time-frame, it is a simple process that only takes some clicks. Thus, without further ado, let’s check out how to Recover Deleted Emails in Gmail.
Note Our this tutorial deals with the web version of Gmail that you can access via a web browser on desktops, smartphones & tablets, but the process remains the same on the Android & iOS apps.
How to Recover Deleted Emails from Trash
- Sign in to your Gmail account and tap on the “More” option in the left pane.
- Now scroll down a little, & you’ll see the ‘Trash’ folder. Tap on it.
- As you can see here, my Trash folder has one deleted email that I will now try to recover.
- To recover, right-click on the mail, and you will see a popup menu with multiple recovery options. So, To restore the email, you can pick ‘Move to Inbox’.
- When you’d instead restore it to a different folder, move your mouse cursor to ‘Move to’ (click on that option on a touchscreen device). You will be now presented with more folder options to restore your email to.
- Tap on the folder of your choice. This email will be restored to that folder and be safe from auto-deletion.
How to Recover Permanently Deleted Emails
- As recover permanently deleted emails and auto-deleted emails in Gmail, you’ll have to use Google’s email recovery workflow. For this, log into Gmail and head over to the Gmail Message Recovery Tool page. Then, click/tap on ‘Continue’ to confirm your email ID.
- Now you will either get a message confirming that the recovery process is a success or one says ‘All your messages have been permanently deleted’. As you can see here, it was the latter for me.
- Do note this the Google Message Recovery tool only works directly with consumer accounts. So, With G Suite accounts, you’ll have to contact your domain administrator to apply to Google on your behalf. Even though then, it can only be done within 25 days.
Other Methods to Recover Deleted Gmail Messages
Suppose you’re using third-party email clients to access your Gmail, you might get lucky if the app was late in sync with your account. In this case, you may be able to recover your emails from there. But, this process doesn’t seem to be working for most, so I won’t be putting my money on it.
Some third-party apps and services claim to be able to restore your deleted emails. However, they’re unlikely to work in case of permanently deleted messages. They might recover emails if they are in the trash, but now you know how to recover them anyway. Well, In any case, letting third-parties access, your email credentials is fraught with danger and highly inadvisable.
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How to Retrieve and Recover Deleted Emails in Gmail
Though, Recovering deleted emails is real easy if you haven’t crossed the auto-deletion window. But, it’s a whole different story if it has been a while since you’ve deleted the mail(s). Meanwhile, the recovery from trash works flawlessly every time on both personal & G Suite accounts, the Gmail account Recovery Tool makes it difficult in the latter case. Even in private funds, there is no guarantee that it will work, as you saw in my case. Well, Either way, now that you know how to Recover Deleted Emails in Gmail give it a go & must let us know how it went.