Permanently Deleting an Email

If you are absolutely sure that you don’t want an email, not even sitting in your Trash, you can permanently delete it before Gmail does it for you in a month.It is advisable not to use this process in case your assumption was wrong and you find out a couple of days later that you needed an email that you deleted.

Step 1. Click on More

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In the left panel of the Inbox, click on “More” to display the names of additional folders in your email account.

Step 2. Click on Trash

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Click on “Trash” to open the folder with your deleted emails.

Step 3. Select the email(s)

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You can select the email(s) you want to permanently delete by clicking on the checkbox beside each email. You can also select all the emails at one time as mentioned in the above step for selecting all.

Step 4. Click on Delete forever

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Click on the “Delete forever” button above the list of emails to delete the checked emails.

Step 5. Forever deleted

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These emails have been deleted forever and they have passed the point of no return.

Restoring Deleted Email

If you deleted an important email from your Inbox, there’s no need to worry because emails remain in the Trash folder for about a month. However, if it’s been in Trash for more than a month or you permanently deleted it from Trash, unfortunately, no one can help you.

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Step 1. Click on More

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In the left panel of the Inbox, click on “More” to display the names of additional folders in your email account.

Step 2. Click on Trash

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Click on “Trash” to open the folder with your deleted emails.

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Step 3. Select the email(s)

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Select the email(s) that you want to keep by clicking on the checkbox beside it. You can also select all the emails in the Trash folder as mentioned in the above step for selecting all.

Step 4. Click on the Folder icon

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In the options showing across the top portion of your Trash folder, you will find an icon of a file folder. Click on it to display your options for where you can “move” the emails.

Step 5. Select Inbox

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To restore the mail back to Inbox, select “Inbox” from the drop-down menu. You can send it to other locations as well. It depends on your filing system.

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Step 6. Email or conversation is moved

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Gmail will prompt you that the email or conversation has been moved to the Inbox.

Step 7. Email restored

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Open the Inbox and you will find that your email has been successfully restored.

Recover Lost Mail due to Compromised Account

Occasionally, email accounts may be compromised, where someone that you may know or a random hacker has gained access to your account. You may find that important emails have been deleted or emails have been sent from your account without your knowledge. If this is the case, you can recover lost emails due to malicious activity using this method.

Follow both steps to recover lost emails.

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