How to Retrieve Your Old Email Address

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How to Retrieve Your Old Email Address
You can start using an old e-mail address again. (E-mail LCD display image by Alex Yeung from

For whatever reason, you have deleted an old e-mail account or it has become deactivated. However, this doesn't mean that you can't reactivate this e-mail address. While instructions vary from one provider to another, you can often retrieve your old e-mail address within certain time frames.

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  1. 1

    Sign into your Google account.

  2. 2

    Sign up for a Gmail account. The information for your old account will already be filled in.

  3. 3

    Enter your current Google password and click the "continue" button.


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    Sign into Hotmail.

  2. 2

    Click the button at the bottom of the screen reading "activate my account."

  3. 3

    Click the box to indicate that you accept the Hotmail terms of service.

  4. 4

    Sign up for the free e-mail service on the next screen.

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    Scroll to the bottom of the next screen and click "continue." Repeat this on the next screen and you will then be taken to your e-mail inbox.


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    Go to the AOL billing site. Log in with your primary e-mail address and password. You will also be asked for your account security question.

  2. 2

    Click the "manage screen names" option under the screen names section.

  3. 3

    Click the "start" option underneath "restore a screen name."

  4. 4

    Select the account that you wish to restore and press the "restore" button.

Tips and warnings

  • You cannot recover a Gmail account if you have deleted your entire Google account.
  • AOL accounts are only retrievable for 60 days.
  • Reactivating your accounts will not retrieve lost e-mails.

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