Gmail Data Recovery: How to Recover Deleted Emails from Gmail

Abby Haines updated on Nov 20, 2018 to File Recovery | How-to Articles


This page offers reliable methods to help you recover deleted Emails from Gmail. If you deleted or removed your Gmail emails by accident, try the provided methods to restore your Gmail email now. If you lost a locally saved email file saved on your computer, not in the browser or Gmail app, EaseUS file recovery software can help restore it from your local PC or storage devices. Other file or data loss issue can also be fixed by this tool.

Overview and Important Notes
How to Restore Deleted Email from Gmail?
Method 1. Search Mail & Spam & Trash
Method 2. Edit or Delete Filter
Method 3. Restore Email from Gmail Trash
Is It Possible to Recover Permanently Deleted Emails?

Overview: What Kind of Email Can Be Recovered?

  • Suddenly disappeared emails.
  • Emails aren't coming to your inbox.
  • Emails deleted within 30 days.
  • Your inbox is empty, and all your emails have disappeared.

Before you start restoring deleted Gmail emails, please read the notes carefully.

1. Notes about deleted emails

  • If you delete an email, it stays in your Trash for 30 days. After 30 days, emails are permanently deleted from the trash.
  • There's only one copy of every Gmail email. If you deleted an email from one place, like a label or a device, it is deleted from Gmail entirely.
  • Gmail groups all replies to an original email together in a single conversation. When you click or tap delete, the entire conversation is deleted, including the original email and any replies.

2. Notes about Spam emails

  • If you mark an email as spam, it stays in Spam for 30 days. After 30 days, emails are permanently deleted from Spam.
  • If you think emails are being sent to Spam by mistake, learn how to remove emails from Spam.

How to Restore Deleted Gmails? (3 Method Available)

We advise you to follow these solutions on a computer with a web version of Gmail. Because many of these methods can't be done through the Gmail app. Here are the details:

Method 1. Search and find deleted email through Mail & Spam & Trash

  1. 1. On your computer, open Gmail.

Open Gmail to recover deleted Email.

  1. 2. In the search box, click the Down arrow.
  2. 3. Click the "All Mail" drop-down, then select "Mail & Spam & Trash".
  3. 4. Enter some information that’s in the missing email, for example, "From who", or "To who". (Here we take google for example.)
  4. If you're not sure about exact words or details, leave the fields blank.
  5. 5. At the bottom of the box, click Search.

Find deleted email from Gmail.

Then, all of your deleted emails will be revealed. You can get them back easily.

Find deleted Gmail email.

Method 2. Edit or delete Filter to restore email (Check if the email was filtered)

You may have created a filter that automatically archives or deletes certain emails. You can check your filter:

  1. 1. Open Gmail from a browser.
  2. 2. In the top right, click the  Settings icon and then select "Settings".
  3. 3. At the top, click the "Filters and Blocked Addresses" tab.
  4. 4. Look for filters that include the words "Delete it" or "Skip Inbox".
  5. 5. To the right, click "Edit" or "Delete".

Restore deleted email file from Filter.

  • If you choose Edit, follow on with below tips:
  1. 1. Click "Continue" to edit the Filter.

​​Edit to remove email from Filter.

  1. 2. Uncheck "Skip the Index" and "Delete it > Update filter".

Release Email from filter.

  • If you choose "Delete", continue:

Select "Delete" > click "OK" to confirm.

Delete Filter to restore deleted email.

Method 3. Restore deleted email from Gmail Trash

This method will help you to find deleted email from the Trash folder.

Some users may have hidden the Gmail trashes, and this method will help you to unhide them and help you find all deleted emails.

  1. 1. Open Gmail account and sign in > Click on  "Settings" > Click on "Labels".
  2. 2. Click on "Show".
  3. This will show your trash folder on the left pane of the Gmail window.

Recover deleted email from Gmail.

  1. 3. Now you can see all deleted email files in the "Trash" folder.
  2. 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.

Is It Possible to Recover Permanently Deleted Emails?

If you lost a locally saved email file saved on your computer, not in the browser or Gmail app, EaseUS file recovery software can help restore it from your local PC or storage devices. Other file or data loss issue can also be fixed by this tool. 

If you deleted emails from Gmail after 30 days, they will be permanently removed. It is 100% unrecoverable to find permanently deleted email regardless of Gmail, Outlook, or other emails.

What about using any of the data recovery products? No chance! It's impossible to recover permanently deleted emails from Gmail, Outlook or other email application by using data recovery software or tool. Here is a list of reasons that explain why permanently deleted emails can't be restored:

1. Emails are not files, they are stored in the email database file.

  • Data recovery software or tool can only scan and find lost files saved on your local drive in PC or storage devices.

2. Removing these emails only changes the contents of the database file.

  • It's similar to how you edit a word document, delete one or a few words inside it and save the changes, but the text itself is still there, and it is not lost. 

3. No data recovery software can retrieve previously deleted content from existing files.

  • As far as we know, currently, there is no data recovery software that can retrieve previously deleted content from existing files. 
  • So it is to email recovery software, not even a tiny chance to restore permanently removed email file.

4. But the database is an exception.

  • As long as there is a transaction log or backup, you can recover the deleted data by rolling back the log or restore the backup. 
  • But our data recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard or other similar programs are unable to do that.

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Frequently Asked Qusetions

1. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

2. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

3. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

4. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files to better verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

5. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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