How to Recover an Email Draft

Updated February 21, 2017

You typed an e-mail, saved it but can't find it to send it. Microsoft Outlook, Gmail and Hotmail all have a "Saved Drafts" folder that automatically saves your e-mail as you type it. The frequency in which it is saved varies from e-mail service. This is especially helpful if your Internet fails in the middle of typing or if there is a power outage. This feature saves you from having to start over again.

Sign into your e-mail account. You may have to enter your user name and password to view your messages.

Double-click on the "Saved Drafts" or "Drafts" folder. This is typically on the left side of the screen. This is the default folder used to store unsent e-mails.

Double-click on the email draft you want to recover and . It is listed under e-mail recipients and subject line.

Finish typing the email and press "Send" when you are ready to send it.


Not all e-mails are sent in the "Drafts" folder. If the email draft you're looking for isn't stored in this folder, you may not be able to recover it.

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Shelby Winchell has worked as a journalist for more than seven years, covering the economy, political figures and celebrities for various websites. She has a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism.