How to Retrieve Deleted Emails from from Gmail, Outlook, Hotmail, and Yahoo

Tracy King updated on Dec 24, 2020 to File Recovery | How-to Articles

If you happen to delete emails or clean up email boxes, you can use the simple and effective methods here to retrieve deleted emails from Hotmail, Outlook, Gmail, or Yahoo Mail Message. Even after 30 days, you can still use reliable EaseUS email recovery software to help you recover permanently deleted emails in Outlook.

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How to recover deleted emails on Windows:

1. Open Outlook.

2. Select the "Deleted Items" folder.

3. o to "Tools > Recover Deleted Items from server".

4. Select the email(s) that you would like to recover.

5. Click the "Recover Selected Items" button. The email will go back to the "Deleted Items" folder it was in.

The following table shows the brief outlines on how to retrieve deleted emails from Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo, and Hotmail. Click to see the full guides.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
1. Recover Outlook emails Select "Deleted items" > select "Recover deleted items" > choose emails and recover...Full steps
2. Recover Gmail emails Sign in Gmail > click "Settings" > click "Labels" > click "Show trash"...Full steps
3. Recover Yahoo emails Log in Yahoo! Mail > click "Trash" > open the messages there > click "Move"...Full steps
4. Recover Hotmail emails Sign in hotmail > click "Deleted" > click "Recover deleted messages"...Full steps

How to Recover Deleted Emails

"Hey there, do you know how to recover deleted emails in Outlook? I happened to clean up the Inbox folder, and all of the received emails were all gone. How can I restore them? Please help me!"

Have you ever accidentally deleted important email messages or cleaned up the whole Inbox folder by mistake? If so, don't worry that you have no way to perform email recovery. Practical methods are provided in this article to help you retrieve deleted emails or even recover permanently deleted emails from Outlook, Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, etc. Follow to recover deleted emails now.

Mostly, Email trash folder only keeps deleted emails for 30 days. You can find the deleted emails from the trash within this period. After 30 days, all deleted emails will permanently disappear. But if you have downloaded the .pst or saved the files to a local drive on your PC, you may have a chance to retrieve deleted emails with powerful data recovery software.

How to Recover Deleted Emails In 30 Days

Almost all email apps or programs have set a trash folder which works like the recycle bin on the PC to save or temporarily save deleted or unwanted email files. Therefore, if you happened to delete emails on Outlook, Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo, you can follow the below guidelines to recover deleted email files from the trash folder:

1. How to Recover Deleted Emails from Outlook 

Retrieve emails that are still in the Deleted Items or Junk Email folder

When you delete an email message, contact, or calendar item, it's moved to the Deleted Items folder. If you don't see the email in the Deleted Items folder, check the Junk Email folder.

Step 1. Select the "Deleted Items" folder in the left pane of window.

Step 2. At the top of the window, select "Recover deleted items".

Recover deleted email from Outlook.

Step 3. Then, a dialog box will open with a list of deleted items. Choose the items or emails that you want to recover and click "Recover" > "OK".

Recover deleted Outlook email.

Junk Email folder: Select the message you want to recover and select "Not junk".

Recover email that has been removed from your Deleted Items folder

If you can't find an item in the Deleted Items folder, the next place to look is the Recoverable Items folder.

Step 1. In the left pane, select the "Deleted Items folder".

Step 2. At the top of the message list, select "Recover items deleted from this folder".

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Step 3. Select the items you want to recover and select "Restore". Note: You can only select all if all messages are visible. This is to prevent accidental actions on messages you cannot see.

2. How to Retrieve Deleted Emails from Gmail

Step 1. Open Gmail account and sign in > click on "Settings" > click on "Labels".

Step 2. Click on "Show trash". This will show your trash folder on the left pane of the Gmail window.

Recover deleted email from Gmail.

Step 3. Now, you can see all deleted email files in the Trash folder. Select or check the wanted email and files, click on the mail icon at the top of the window with "Move To" words so to move your deleted emails to the Inbox.

Recover deleted Gmail email files.

This method also works if you use an email client like Mailbird

If you can't find the email in the Trash folder, this may be because you have emptied the Trash folder or the hit the "Delete Forever" button on a message that was already in the Trash folder. If this has happened, you can send a request to the Gmail Support Team to ask it to recover these deleted messages and emails in your Gmail account. But don't expect too much; this approach will fail to a large extent. 

3. How to Retrieve Deleted Email from Yahoo

Step 1. Log in Yahoo! Mail and go to the "Trash" folder.

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Step 2. Open the desired message, check any messages you want to undelete in the message list. 

Step 3. Click "Move" in Yahoo! Mail toolbar and select Inbox or another folder to recover the message.

Step 4. You can also drag and drop the email to any folder by pressing "DO".

Recover deleted email from Yahoo.

It becomes tough if you don’t know how to recover deleted emails from Yahoo after 30 days. And it is impossible to recover permanently deleted Yahoo mail from the account without any backup. Thus, you should take a backup of Yahoo mail to retrieve lost emails one day. 

4. How to Retrieve Deleted Emails from Hotmail

Step 1. Go to the Hotmail website and sign in with your Hotmail account.

Step 2. Click "Deleted" on the left pane of the Hotmail window. If you don't see it, scroll down to find it. The deleted folder is usually listed at the end of the left pane.

Recover deleted Hotmail file.

Step 3. Click "Recover deleted messages" to bring back deleted mail messages.

Recover deleted email from Hotmail

How to Retrieve Deleted Emails from Outlook After 30 Days

Most email software or programs will only save deleted or temp email files in the trash for only 30 days. After 30 days, emails will be permanently removed.

However, if you have downloaded the email database .pst/.ost files or saved received emails on a local drive of your PC, and then deleted them by mistake, don't worry. You may still have a chance to recover the permanently deleted emails with an email recovery tool. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard enables you to recover deleted emails in Outlook after 30 days from your local PC.

PLUS: EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard only supports Outlook email recovery on a local PC. If you are a Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo Mail Message user, please contact their customer service team for help.

See the detail steps on how to find your lost email files from the local drive of your computer now.

Step 1. Choose the drive X: where your lost email files were saved, and click "Scan".

select a location and click scan

Step 2. The software will initiate a scanning process immediately. Wait patiently until the scanning process completes. To quickly locate the email files, you can click "Filter" -> "Emails", or directly search a specified file extension, such as .pst, .ost, etc.

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Step 3. In the filtered results, choose the desired email files and click "Recover".

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In addition to email recovery, EaseUS data recovery program also supports formatted recovery, deleted files recovery, recycle bin emptied data recovery, lost partition recovery, OS crash recovery, RAW partition recovery, etc. 

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