How to Restore Deleted/Lost Thunderbird Emails

Tracy King updated on Nov 30, 2018 to File Recovery | How-to Articles


Are you looking for a way to restore deleted or lost important Thunderbird email files on your PC? Here in this article, you’ll find 3 effective methods to restore deleted Thunderbird emails from trash, after emptying trash or directly apply email recovery freeware to restore lost Thunderbird emails in 3 steps. Just follow to get your lost Thunderbird email files back now.

Deleted Thunderbird emails and emptied trash, how to restore?

"Hi there, don you know how to get lost emails restored after emptied the trash in Thunderbird? Yesterday, I tried to remove and delete some old email files received in the Inbox. I didn't realize that I've deleted the wrong emails till this morning when I tried to reply and modify emails in Thunderbird. 
I've already emptied the trash, do I still have a chance to recover deleted emails after emptying the trash? How?

Are you having a similar problem with Thunderbird email recovery? Don't know how to restore Thunderbird email files? Don't worry and just follow below guide methods to restore your lost Thunderbird files and emails right now.

Method 1. Restore deleted Thunderbird emails from Trash

It's quite easy if you accidentally deleted received emails from Inbox to Trash. You may follow below guide lines to undelete Thunderbird emails from Trash now:

1. Launch Mozilla Thunderbird and sign in with your user account;
2. Click on Trash and find your deleted emails;

Recover deleted Thunderbird files from Trash.

3. Right-click on deleted email files in Trash and select Move To > Select user account > Specify location where you want to restore deleted emails to - Inbox (highly recommended);

Restore deleted Thunderbird files from Trash.

4. Check and find restored emails at Inbox then.

Method 2. Manually restore deleted Thunderbird emails after emptying Trash

If you have emptied trash and permanently deleted Thunderbird emails in your PC, don't worry. You'll still have a chance to recover permanently deleted emails after emptying Thunderbird trash with below tips:

1. Show hidden files in Windows Explorer;

  • Open Widows Explorer > Go to Folder Options under Tools;
  • Click View > Check Show hidden files, folders and drives > Click OK;

2. Find Thunderbird saved files in PC;

  • Navigate to: C:/Users/YOUR USER NAME/AppData/Roaming/Thunderbird/Profiles/YOUR PROFILE/YOUR THUNDERBIRD ACCOUNT and find your profile named with eight random letters and numbers followed by '.default';
  • YOUR THUNDERBIRD ACCOUNT is the Thunderbird account name under which you are trying to recover deleted emails files.

3. Open 'Inbox' file with Notepad or similar text editor;
Note: Inbox has no suffix and don't open Inbox.msf etc files.
4. Locate the line before your email text that reads 'X-Mozilla-Status: 0009' or similar > Change the number to '0000' > Save the document and exit Notepad;
5. Close Thunderbird and re-open it > Check and find recovered emails in the Inbox; 
All recovered email files will be marked as unread there.

Method 3. Restore lost Thunderbird emails on a local drive with email recovery freeware

If you think that the above offered two methods are too complex, relax! You can make things even simpler to recover deleted or lost Thunderbird email files saved on your local drive with powerful email recovery freeware - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition. This software supports you to restored up to 2GB email files for free with simple clicks.
Just free download this free email recovery software and follow below steps to see how to get lost or deleted Thunderbird files back now:

1. All email file recovery software or tools only support the recovery of local PST or OST files, rather than the recovery of a specific mail.
2. If you lost email files in an email app, with no local files saved on your PC, it's almost impossible to recover deleted emails.
3. Also, please find the location where you saved the lost email files or folders before applying the email recovery guide here for help.

Step 1. Run Email recovery software.

Select the right location - a hard drive or a specific location where you used to save the lost email files or folder.

Click "Scan" to let EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard fully scan and find lost emails.

Run data recovery software.

Step 2. Find lost email.

Find lost email files in the below location:

Deleted Files: If you accidentally deleted email files, it will appear here.

Drive x: Another place for you to find lost email files.

Search or Filter features can also help you quickly find the lost emails.

Find lost email files.

Step 3. Start Email recovery.

Now that, you can select found email files and click "Recover". Then save them on a secure location on your PC.

Restore Email.

After this, you can copy and save the restored Thunderbird profile back to the location: C:/Users/YOUR USER NAME/AppData/Roaming/Thunderbird/Profiles and replace the old profile folder, and then relaunch Thunderbird, you shall be able to see the restored emails in the Inbox.


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