Recover deleted emails in Gmail: restore / undelete messages from the Trash
The previous tutorials explained how to delete an email in Gmail, and how to delete multiple emails at the same time; in this tutorial, we will show you how to recover emails you have deleted, as long as they have been deleted less than 30 days earlier. 30 days is the amount of time Gmail will keep deleted messages inside the Trash folder, before permanently getting rid of them. We will show you how to restore a few selected emails from the Trash, or how to undelete the entire content of the Gmail Trash.
Restore deleted email messages from the Gmail Trash
Follow these steps to undelete selected emails from the Trash:
If needed, first sign in to your Gmail account.
Once you are in your inbox, look at the left pane that contains folders and labels: if you see "Trash", click on it.
in many cases, you will not be able to see the Trash without expanding the invisible items: click on the "x more" (with "x" being your actual number of items currently hidden from view) dropdown menu to show other available labels and folders:
Then, click on the "Trash" menu item.
Gmail will bring you inside the Trash, which looks and behaves much like your inbox: you will see listed all emails you have deleted within the past 30 days.
You can immediately tell that you are inside the Gmail Trash thanks to the recycle bin icon displayed next to each email message currently deleted:
Select the emails you want to restore; to recover all deleted emails, click on the "Select all" checkbox, as shown on the screenshot below:
Finally, click on the "Move to" dropdown menu, and choose your Gmail inbox (or another label of your choice).
Gmail will show you a confirmation message that the selected emails have been moved out of the Trash (in essence, that you have undeleted these messages). If the Trash is completely empty, Gmail will display a "No conversations in the Trash" notification:
And this is how you restore deleted emails from the Trash in your Gmail account!