Can I Recover Deleted Outlook Emails? Yes!

What if you have deleted some important Outlook emails and want to find them back? This article is aimed to rescue users who have stuck in this situation. You will know how to recover deleted emails from Outlook's delete folder, and how to find back unrecoverable emails in Outlook.

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Overview of Outlook Deleted Emails Recovery

Mis-deleted happens from time to time, even though you know you should be cautious and always make a backup, it still happens, and happens to all the things. If you have deleted some important files on your computer, you can restore them from the Recycle bin or seek help from third-party recovery software. But what if the data you lose is something that can't be restored from the Recycle bin, like emails? Can you still recover them?

Fortunately, there's always a way to help. In this post, we will take Outlook emails as an example. Anyone who has accidentally deleted an important Outlook email, don't worry and welcome to this page. Outlook has included a safety net in the form of the Deleted Items folder and Trash folder. Deleted emails will remain in the "Deleted Items" folder for 30 days. If the deleted emails are within this period, you can restore them directly through Outlook. If not, you can also try to use third-party data recovery software to recover. Keep reading and check the detailed methods.

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Recover Deleted Outlook Emails from Deleted Items Folder

*Microsoft approved method

In the Outlook mailbox, there is a Deleted Items or Trash folder, that's where your deleted emails are stored. You can try to find the emails you want in this folder. Now follow the steps below to see how to restore deleted Outlook emails.

Step 1. Open Outlook, go to the email folder list, and then select "Deleted Items".

Select deleted items

Step 2. Go to "Tools > Recover Deleted Items from server".

Choose Recover Deleted Items from Server

Step 3. Select the item you want to recover, click "Restore Selected Items", and then click OK.

Restore selected items

Note: If Recover Deleted Items From Server isn't there, your account doesn't support recovering an item that's no longer in your Deleted Items folder.

Where do recovered items go? The items you select to recover will be restored to their original folders when possible. If an original folder no longer exists, items will be restored as follows:

  • Messages go to your Inbox.
  • Calendar items go to your Calendar.
  • Contacts go to your Contacts folder.
  • Tasks go to your Tasks folder.

Recover Deleted Outlook Emails with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard

If you don't find the wanted emails in the Deleted Items folder, or you don't even find the Deleted Items folder in your Outlook mailbox. Unfortunately, it means you can't recover deleted emails from Outlook, you should use dedicated data recovery software.

One such tool is for Windows 10 is EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard which has a high success rate and remains easy to use. Here are some key features of this tool:

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard

  • Supports recovery of lost emails, documents after deletion, partition loss, and other data loss situations.
  • Provide quick scan and advanced scan mode to search for lost data.
  • Supports repairing damaged JPEG/JPG photos on storage devices.  
  • Give users the right to preview the lost files before actual recovery.

You can download EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard from the button above, and follow the step-by-step guide to restore your deleted Outlook emails.

Step 1. Select the location on your computer where you used to save the Outlook folder, and click "Scan" to start finding the lost Outlook folder.

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Wait patiently until the scanning process finishes. To quickly find Outlook emails, you can click "Filter", select "Emails", and check tree view which displays emails only. Or, simply input .pst or .ost in the Search box.

scan lost outlook emails

Step 3. Among all the email files you've found, choose the desired Outlook email files and click "Recover". Save items to another location.

recover lost outlook emails
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Recovering Deleted Outlook Emails Now!

That's all about deleted Outlook email recovery. You can try both methods to see if you can retrieve the lost emails. The built-in Deleted Items folder is your first try. If it didn't work, don't be desperate, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is your last resort.

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