How to Recover Permanently Deleted Emails from Gmail Account

Roxanne updated on Dec 11, 2020 to File Recovery | How-to Articles

If you have accidentally deleted a folder or email in Gmail within 30 days or after 30 days, you can try the practical solutions to recover deleted emails from Gmail, even the permanently deleted ones. Besides, if you lost a locally saved email file saved on your computer, EaseUS Gmail data recovery software can help restore it from your local PC or storage devices.

how to recover permanently deleted emails from gmail

Recover messages from the Trash

  1. 1. On your computer, go to Gmail.
  2. 2. On the left side of the page, scroll down, then click "More >Trash".
  3. 3. Check the box next to any messages you want to move.
  4. 4. Click "Move to".
  5. 5. Choose where you want to move the message to.

5 Solutions on How to Recover Deleted Emails from Gmail

Many people undoubtedly have experienced the same problem of mistakenly deleting emails or messages from your Gmail to free up space or declutter. Then, you don't know how to recover deleted emails from Gmail account. Don't worry. On this page, we will talk about how to recover deleted emails in Gmail with details, even the permanently deleted ones. 

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Recover from Gmail Service On your computer, open Gmail. In the search box, click the "Down arrow"...Full steps
Fix 2. Use Editing/Deleting Filter Open Gmail from a browser. In the top right, click the Settings icon and then select "Settings"...Full steps
Fix 3. Check Gmail Trash Folder Open Gmail account and sign in > click on "Settings" > "Labels" > "Show"...Full steps
Fix 4. Check Gmail Server Open your Gmail. Click the drop-down arrow on the left of your search box at the top of the screen...Full steps
Fix 5. Turn to Support Team Sign in to your Gmail account. Fill in the form with all the necessary information...Full steps

How to Restore Deleted Emails in Gmails Within 30 Days

If you simply delete an email, it stays in your Trash for 30 days. Or if you mark an email as spam, it also stays in the Spam folder for 30 days. In this period, you can recover deleted emails in Gmail through the ways below. 

Method 1. Recover Deleted Email Through Mail & Spam & Trash

Gmail service "Mail & Spam & Trash" can be very helpful in finding emails among the spam. It's better to search for emails on a computer rather than via a mobile app, since some of the features aren't available in the latter.

1. On your computer, open Gmail. In the search box, click the Down arrow.

2. Click the "All Mail" drop-down, then select "Mail & Spam & Trash".

Find deleted email from Gmail.

3. Enter some information that's in the missing email, for example, "From who", or "To who". (Here we take Google for example.) If you're not sure about exact words or details, leave the fields blank.

4. At the bottom of the box, click "Search". Then, all of your deleted emails will be revealed. You can get them back easily.

Find deleted Gmail email.

Method 2. Retrieve Deleted Gmail Emails by Editing/Deleting Filter

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

1. Open Gmail from a browser. In the top right, click the Settings icon and then select "Settings".

2. At the top, click the "Filters and Blocked Addresses" tab. Look for filters that include the words "Delete it" or "Skip Inbox".

Restore deleted email file from Filter.

3. To the right, click "Edit" or "Delete". If you choose "Edit", click "Continue" to edit the Filter.

​​Edit to remove email from Filter.

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

Release Email from filter.

5. If you choose "Delete", select "Delete" > click "OK" to confirm.

Delete Filter to restore deleted email.

Method 3. Restore Deleted Emails from Gmail Trash Folder

Some users may have hidden the Gmail trashes, and this method will help you to unhide them and help you restore deleted emails in Gmail from Trash.

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

Recover deleted email from Gmail.

2. 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.

How to Recover Permanently Deleted Emails from Gmail After 30 Days

As said before, If you delete an email, it goes to the Trash folder for 30 days. After 30 days, emails are permanently deleted from the Trash. Is it possible to recover permanently deleted emails in Gmail? Yes. If the deleted emails are not located in the Trash folder, your email host may have a copy of your emails. See how to do it with step by step guides.

Method 1. Recover Permanently Deleted Emails from Gmail Server

  • If your emails are deleted from the server, Gmail (free version) is unable to restore them for you. If you are a Google Apps user, they do offer that option. 
  • 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.

The steps we talk about are similar to Method 1 in the front part. You can go back to check the detailed steps.

how to recover permanently deleted emails from gmail from server

Method 2. Recover Permanently Deleted Emails in Gmail from Gmail Support Team

Another way to recover permanently deleted emails in Gmail is sending a request to the Gmail Support Team to ask it to recover your deleted emails. This method is not 100% effective. It works better for Gmail account being attacked.

1. Sign in your Gmail account. Open the following form

how to recover permanently deleted emails from gmail from support

2. Fill in the form with all the necessary information, such as describe the problem you have.

3. Click "Submit" after all the information is filled.

Knowledge Base: Is It Possible to Recover Deleted Emails with Data Recovery Software

If you lost a locally saved email file saved on your computer, not in the browser or Gmail app, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard can help restore it from your local PC or storage devices. This tool enables you to recover permanently deleted files from HDD, SSD, external hard drive, USB flash drive, etc.

What about using any of the data recovery products to recover deleted emails in the Gmail account? No chance! It's impossible to recover deleted emails from Gmail, Thunderbird, or other email applications by using data recovery software, let alone the permanently deleted messages. You can see the reasons explained below. 

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, deleting one or a few words inside it and saving 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, no data recovery software 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 files.

4. 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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