How to Recover Deleted Trash for Emails

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How to Recover Deleted Trash for Emails
Use your e-mail platform's "Search" feature to locate deleted rubbish bin items. (John Foxx/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

If you have accidentally deleted an e-mail, there's no need to panic. Fortunately, in most cases, deleted e-mails go straight to the trash or deleted-items folder in your e-mail account. By following a few short steps, retrieving deleted e-mails is easy.

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  1. 1

    Log on to your e-mail platform using your username and password. Find the "Folders" icon or tab and click the "Trash" or "Deleted Items" heading. You should now see a list of e-mails that you have deleted from your inbox or another designated e-mail folder. Click the check box next to each e-mail message that you would like to recover.

  2. 2

    Restore the deleted e-mail. Click "Move To" or a similarly named option and select the appropriate location. Some e-mail platform programs offer choices to move these e-mails from the trash folder and back to the inbox or another folder of your choice.

  3. 3

    Confirm that you have successfully moved the email. Go to the location and you should see the email in that particular folder. For example, if you moved the item to your inbox, click on the "Inbox" tab and look for the email near the top of the email list.

Tips and warnings

  • Some e-mail services allow users only to maintain a certain amount of storage space on its server. If you have too many deleted items or it has been more than a certain amount of time, some items may automatically be deleted from the server. You might not be able to recover these e-mails without deleted-e-mail restoration programs.

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