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How to Get Back Permanently Deleted Emails in Gmail

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L.M. Reid is an Irish writer who has published many articles in magazines and online.

How to get back your deleted emails in Gmail.  Tutorial for beginners.

How to get back your deleted emails in Gmail. Tutorial for beginners.

How to Get Back Your Deleted Emails on Gmail

Have you ever deleted an important email by mistake? What can you do when this happens? Here are my step-by-step instructions with videos so you can learn how to recover permanently lost emails on your Gmail account.


Step 1

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.)

Step 2

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

More Options

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

Step 3

  1. Click on the Trash button.
  2. 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.
  3. You will see the empty tiny boxes on the left of all these emails.
  4. Click on this box that corresponds with the email you want to recover. A tick will appear in the box.
  5. Then go up the Gmail Taskbar on the top. You will see a number of options.
  6. Delete Forever, Spam, Move to, Labels, More.
  7. Click on the ‘Move to’ box. You will be given eight places to move the email to.
  8. Scroll down to Inbox.
  9. Click on the 'Inbox' word.
  10. The email is automatically sent back to your inbox and you have recovered the email you deleted by mistake.
How to get back your deleted emails.

How to get back your deleted emails.

Quick Recovery

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.

How to Get Back Permanently Deleted Emails

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

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


L M Reid (author) from Ireland on May 15, 2019:

Thank you SMTPGET and Hemal for reading the article and your kind comments

SMTPGET from Miami Beach, USA on April 27, 2019:

Good to hear you! Might be this information useful for me.

Great Job!

hemal shah from India on July 28, 2018:

It is indeed a useful article.

L M Reid (author) from Ireland on January 25, 2015:

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

L M Reid (author) from Ireland on August 18, 2012:

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

tahrir on July 20, 2012:

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 .

L M Reid (author) from Ireland on April 02, 2012:

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

Debbie Louie on April 02, 2012:

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

L M Reid (author) from Ireland on February 21, 2012:

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.

Lisa from Tennessee on February 19, 2012:

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

Voted useful and up! SHARED on Twitter.

Brett C from Asia on February 16, 2012:

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.

Moira Garcia Gallaga from Lisbon, Portugal on December 15, 2011:

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

vinner from India on December 11, 2011:

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

L M Reid (author) from Ireland on December 11, 2011:

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.

Tony Lawrence from SE MA on December 11, 2011:

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.