How to Restore Deleted Emails From Hotmail

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How to Restore Deleted Emails From Hotmail
Deleted Hotmail e-mails may be recoverable. (frustrated business man image by Melking from

If you delete an e-mail from your Hotmail account and later realise that you need it, you may be able to retrieve it if you act fast enough. For a short time, deleted e-mails are stored in the “Deleted” folder where you can easily access, view and recover them. If you need a message back that is not visible in your Deleted folder, you can contact the Windows Live Solution Center for additional assistance.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Sign in to your Hotmail account, and click “Deleted” on the left side of the page.

  2. 2

    Look for the email that was deleted. If you find it, click the checkbox next to it to check it.

  3. 3

    Click “Move to” at the top of the page, and select “Inbox.” The email should be restored to your inbox.

  1. 1

    Type into your browser’s address bar.

  2. 2

    Click “Hotmail.”

  3. 3

    Scroll down to the “Forums” heading, and click “Lost or Deleted Emails.”

  4. 4

    Click “Ask a Question.” If you do not already have a Windows Live Solution Center account, you will be prompted to create one before you can ask a question.

  5. 5

    Post a message to this forum requesting help from a Windows Live expert. Include your e-mail address and state that you need a deleted e-mail recovered. You will receive a reply from a Windows Live expert who can attempt to retrieve your recently deleted e-mails.

Tips and warnings

  • Try retrieving your deleted e-mail as soon as possible. Once the email is permanently deleted from Hotmail’s servers, there is no way to get it back.

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