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How to Retrieve Your Old Email Address

Updated February 21, 2017

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. Sign into your Google account.

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

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

  4. Sign into Hotmail.

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

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

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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

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

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

  13. Warning

    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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About the Author

Nicholas Pell began writing professionally in 1995. His features on arts, culture, personal finance and technology have appeared in publications such as "LA Weekly," Salon and Business Insider. Pell holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

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