How to Recover Deleted Emails

If you have accidentally deleted an important email, perhaps while you were organizing your inbox and getting rid of spam and other unwanted messages, there’s still a chance to get it back! In this article, we provide general instructions on how to recover deleted emails regardless of which email service you use, and we also provide detailed instructions on how to recover deleted emails from Gmail, Yahoo, and Outlook.

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How to Recover Your Deleted Emails

  1. Go to your inbox.
  2. Open the trash folder.
  3. Select the emails you want to recover.
  4. Move the emails back to your inbox by clicking on the Move or Recover button.
  5. Return to your inbox and look for the recovered emails.

How to Recover Deleted Emails from Gmail

When you delete an email in Gmail inbox, it goes to the trash folder instead of being deleted straight away. It stays in the Trash folder for 30 days before it gets permanently deleted. Keep in mind that there’s no way how to recover permanently deleted emails from Gmail. Because the clock starts ticking the second an email enters the trash folder, you need to hurry up before it’s too late.

  1. Open your Gmail account.
  2. Choose “Trash” from the menu on the left.
  3. Select the deleted email you want to recover.
  4. Click on the “Move” icon. It looks like a file folder.
  5. Choose “Inbox” or any other folder where you would like to move the deleted email.

How to recover deleted emails from Gmail

If you miss the 30-day deadline and discover that the email you would like to recover has already been permanently deleted, we have bad news for you: there’s no way how you can recover it.

However, there’s still a glimmer of hope that Google’s support team will be able to recover it on your behalf using special admin tools only they can access.

  1. Open your Gmail account.
  2. Go to the missing emails support page.
  3. Enter your contact information and provide a brief description of your problem. You should tell Google that you’ve missed the 30-day deadline and lost an important email that you would like to recover.
  4. Click the Submit button and wait for a reply.

How to Recover Deleted Emails from Yahoo

Losing an important email from your Yahoo inbox is never fun, especially if you’re responsible for the mess because you clicked on the wrong button. Fortunately for you, we know how you can recover deleted Yahoo emails:

  1. Open your Yahoo! Mail account.
  2. Navigate to the “Trash” folder.
  3. Select the deleted email you want to recover.
  4. Click on the “Move” icon. It looks like a file folder.
  5. Choose “Inbox” or any other folder where you would like to move the deleted email.

How to recover deleted emails from Yahoo

By default, emails stay in the trash folder for one week. You can change this by opening the Security tab and choosing a different time period. If you miss the 7-day deadline, there’s, unfortunately, nothing else you can do as Yahoo clearly states that “messages can only be restored if lost or deleted in the last 7 days.” So, that’s your answer to how to recover permanently deleted emails from yahoo.

How to Recover Deleted Emails in Outlook

Outlook.com has a very robust system for recovering deleted emails. Everything that ends up in the Deleted Items and Junk Email folders is recoverable for 30 days. In some cases, you can even recover items after the Deleted Items folder is emptied by contacting Outlook’s customer support.

  1. Open your Outlook email account.
  2. Select the Deleted Items folder from the menu on the left.
  3. For the Deleted Items folder, select the message you want to recover and select Restore.
  4. Go back to your inbox to see the recovered message.

How to recover deleted emails in Outlook

If you miss the 30-day recovery deadline, it’s still worth a shot to contact Outlook’s customer support and ask them if they could recover the deleted email for you. That’s the only way how to recover permanently deleted emails in Outlook.

How Clean Email Can Help Prevent a Disaster

Clean Email is an email inbox organizer that sifts through your inbox for you and uses powerful filters and complex algorithms to figure out which emails you can safely delete and which you should keep.

When Clean Email stumbles upon unwanted emails, it organizes them into easy-to-review bundles (Quick Clean), allowing you to move to Trash, or permanently remove them, as well as apply other actions to entire groups of emails instead of selecting them one by one.

How to recover deleted emails in Clean Email

What’s more, you can also automate any action you apply to an email or a group of emails to save time in the future. For example, you could automatically delete all marketing emails or move social media notifications to a separate folder so they don’t clutter your inbox.

By keeping your inbox clutter-free using Clean Email, you significantly reduce the chance of accidentally deleting an important email without noticing until it’s finally time to do an inbox cleanup. Clean Email works with all major free and paid email services, including Gmail, Yahoo, and Outlook, and you can use it directly from your web browser without installing anything on your computer.

Conclusion

Unfortunately, it’s not always possible to recover deleted emails, especially if it’s been a while since they were trashed. Knowing this, your priority should be to minimize the chance of you accidentally deleting an important email. Clean Email has handy automation features that can keep your inbox organized for you so there’s no need to manually delete emails in the first place.

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