How to Recover Deleted AOL Email

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How to Recover Deleted AOL Email
AOL users can retrieve e-mails from the "Recently Deleted" folder. (Ncgraphics/

Frustration can set in easily if you can't access important information because you accidentally deleted an e-mail. Users of the American Online (AOL) e-mail client can recover recently discarded e-mails, however. AOL sends deleted messages to the "Recently Deleted" folder, where they remain for the first 24 hours after deletion. Recovering a message will return it to your inbox or other folder from which you previously deleted it. Users who want to restore deleted e-mails older than 24 hours can do so with the help of third-party software.

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Things you need

  • AOL account
  • Data recovery software
  • Software manual

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    Restoring Recently Deleted Messages

  1. 1

    Log in to your AOL account.

  2. 2

    Open the "Recently Deleted" folder, which is on the left panel of the "Mail" window.

  3. 3

    Check the box next to the message you want to recover by clicking once inside the box.

  4. 4

    Click the "Restore" button.

    Recovering Older Emails

  1. 1

    Obtain data recovery software if you want to restore older e-mails not found in the "Recently Deleted" folder. Examples of such software include ePreserver Recovery, Data Recovery Pro and Instant File Recovery (see Resources). These and other similar programs recover e-mails by searching through the collection of previously opened e-mail files, which your computer caches as temporary Internet files.

  2. 2

    Install and configure the software on your computer according to the manufacturer's instructions.

  3. 3

    Wait while the software scans your computer for cached files. Once the scan is complete, select the email files you wish to restore.

  4. 4

    Keep in mind that this method will not recover messages you never opened or e-mails deleted before the built-in system storage deadlines. To find out about a particular software's storage deadline, consult its accompanying manual.

Tips and warnings

  • To keep an e-mail indefinitely, leave it in your inbox or save it to your personal folder.

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