Apple Mail Recovery | Recover Deleted Emails on Mac

Roxanne updated on Sep 18, 2020 to Mac File Recovery | How-to Articles

When it comes to how to recover deleted emails on your Mac, you have three ways to go. You can either use trustworthy third-party software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, which is the most effective way, or Time Machine to recover permanently deleted emails on your Mac or recover simply deleted messages from Apple Mail from Trash.

Did you accidentally delete Apple mail on your Mac computer? Don't worry and we have 3 practical solutions that can help you out. Check any method listed below to bring your lost email back now:

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Method 1. Recover from Trash Open Apple Mail > Click "View" > "Show Deleted Messages" > Click "Trash" tab...Full steps
Method 2. Use Recovery Software As for permanently deleted email, run EaseUS file recovery software > Scan and recover email...Full steps
Method 3. Use Time Machine You have two options: 1. Recover from Time Machine backup; 2. Recover from Local Snapshots...Full steps

Is It Possible to Recover Deleted Emails from Apple Mail

Apple Mail provides Mac users with an easy way to keep in touch with others. But sometimes, those emails with important messages might be deleted or lost by mistake. When such a disaster happens, you may wonder whether you can retrieve your deleted emails on your Mac and if you can, how to do it.

Apple Mail is the built-in email client included with Mac running OS X 10.0 or later. It works seamlessly with other email service providers, such as iCloud, Yahoo! Mail, AOL Mail, Gmail, Outlook, and Exchange. When you use the email client, Apple Mail, you store your emails locally on your Mac rather than on the email provider's server or their cloud service, which is the main reason why it is possible to recover deleted emails from Apple Mail on your Mac.

Thus, the deleted email messages are recoverable even they were permanently deleted as long as you find reliable Mac email recovery solutions. Here we will present you three ways to recover deleted emails from your Apple Mail.

How to Recover Deleted Emails on Mac

How to Recover Deleted Emails from Apple Mail on Mac in 3 Ways

The easiest way to recover deleted emails on your Mac is to restore the messages from the Trash, which is only suitable for emails that are not permanently deleted. If you want to recover permanently deleted emails from Apple Mail, the most straightforward way to do it is using method 2. And if you have enabled Time Machine, you can also use it to get back your lost emails from method 3.

Method 1. Recover Deleted Apple Mail Messages from Trash

Like many other mail clients, Apple Mail has a Trash folder that stores the recently deleted emails. As long as you don't empty the Trash folder, you can recover your wrongly deleted emails from it. (The Trash folder is quite similar to the Trash Bin on your Mac, even if you have emptied it, you can still recover deleted files after emptying Trash Bin with the help of third-party software.)

Step 1. Click the "Mail" icon on the dock to open Apple Mail.

Step 2. Click "View" from the menu bar and go to "Show Deleted Messages".

Step 3. Click the "Trash" tab in the sidebar and you will see the list of your deleted emails.

Step 4. Select and right-click the message you want to recover, then choose "Undelete" to restore your deleted email to your inbox.

How to Recover Permanently Deleted Emails on Mac

Method 2. Recover Permanently Deleted Emails on Mac with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard

Be sure that you have deleted your emails from the Apple Mail email client rather than the web browser, through which you deleted the messages from the server rather than the local storage and the items removed can't be recovered.

How can you recover permanently deleted emails from Apple Mail? The most straightforward way to do it is to use the accomplished Mac data recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac. With this reliable software (both Windows and macOS compatible), you can not only retrieve the deleted emails from Apple Mail but also recover permanently deleted emails in Outlook. Now, follow the steps below to recover your deleted emails on your Mac within minutes.

Step 1. Select the location where your important data & files were deleted and click the "Scan" button.

select the location where data was deleted and click scan

Step 2. The software will run both quick scan and deep scan and work hard to find as many deleted files as possible on the selected volume.

scan the selected disk to find deleted files on your Mac

Step 3. The scan results will be displayed in the left pane. Just select the file(s) and click the "Recover Now" button to get them back.

click recover now button to recover deleted files on your Mac

After recovering the deleted emails, you need to import these items to your Apple Mail.

Step 1. Go to Mail from the dock and go to "File" > "Import Mailboxes".

Step 2. Select "Apple Mail" and choose the email files you just recovered.

Step 3. Click "Continue" to start importing emails to your Apple Mail.

Step 4. When it has finished, click "Done".

In addition to providing email recovery solutions, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard also enables you to:

  • Get back lost photos, videos, audio files, Microsoft Office Word/Excel/PowerPoint files, Adobe files, and more (200+ file types)
  • Recover files from computer, external hard drive, USB flash drive, SD card, memory card, digital camera...
  • Retrieve data after deletion, formatting, OS crash, OS reinstallation, and other tough data loss situations

In general, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is able to rescue your lost data in most of the cases. Don't hesitate to give it a try.

Method 3. Recover Permanently Deleted Emails from Apple Mail with Time Machine

If you have enabled Time Machine backup, it will back up your Mac automatically and periodically to your backup disk. Thus, after you permanently deleted emails from Apple Mail on your Mac, you can recover your messages with the help of Time Machine. (As you can see from the steps below, it's not that easy to get things done with Time Machine. Luckily, you can choose to recover deleted files without Time Machine.) There are two options for you:

Option 1. Recover Files from Time Machine Backup Disk

Step 1. Connect your backup disk to your Mac and turn on your computer.

Step 2. If your Mac starts up to the setup assistant, set the details of your country, keyboard, and network. Then choose to transfer your information from a Time Machine backup from the Migration Assistant window. If your Mac starts up to the Finder, go to "Applications" > "Utilities" > "Migration Assistant" and choose to transfer your information from a Time Machine backup.

Step 3. Select the wanted Time Machine backup and click "Continue".

Step 4. If you have more than one backup option to choose, select one of them and click "Continue".

Step 5. Choose the files to transfer and click "Continue".

Step 6. When the transfer has completed, restart your computer and log in to the target account, then you will see all the recovered files.

How to Recover Deleted Emails on Mac with Time Machine

Option 2. Restore Files from Local Snapshots

If your backup disk is not available, you can recover your deleted emails from the local snapshots, which are the files on your Mac stored by Time Machine.

Step 1. Enter "Time Machine"

Step 2. Select the file or folder you want to restore, then select an older version of the file or folder.

Step 3. Press "Space" bar to preview and see whether it's the one you want.

Step 4. Click Restore to restore the selected file.

How to Recover Deleted Emails from Apple Mail with Local Snapshots

The Final Words

All of the three ways detailed above allows you to recover deleted emails on your Mac but suitable for different situations. Carry out the method best suited to your needs.

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2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

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

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

6. 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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