How to Retrieve Deleted Emails on Gmail

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How to Retrieve Deleted Emails on Gmail
Even though you deleted that e-mail, it may be retrievable. (computer ed e-mail image by haruspex from

Everyone changes their mind once in awhile, and Google knows that. For this reason, even if you delete an e-mail it's not completely gone right away. With Gmail, Google holds on to your deleted e-mails for 30 days, giving you the opportunity to go back and retrieve them. After 30 days, deleted e-mails are gone forever. According to Google, there is no way to retrieve a permanently deleted e-mail.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  1. 1

    Log on to your Gmail account.

  2. 2

    Click "Trash" on the column on the left side of the page. If "Trash" does not appear, click "More," then "Trash."

  3. 3

    Open the email you wish to retrieve or click the box to the left of it. Retrieve multiple deleted e-mails by checking multiple boxes.

  4. 4

    Click "Move to" along the top of your screen, and click "Inbox" to place the deleted e-mail back into your inbox.

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