Is it possible to recover an email that has been clicked on "delete forever" in the trash folder? I have accidentally clicked delete forever for an email but now I need to recover it.


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I am sorry to say so, but it is not possible to do so from within Gmail or Google.

Anyhow, if the email was downloaded through IMAP into Mozilla Thunderbird, Microsoft Outlook or any such software, and has not been synced after the deletion, they can be restored.

  • it is said that *Please be aware, residual copies of deleted messages and accounts may take up to 60 days to be deleted from our active servers and may remain in our backup systems for an additional period of time. what does this mean ? Nov 19, 2012 at 1:38
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    This means they may still be able to provide that data in response to a request from law enforcement officials.
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    Aug 22, 2016 at 15:54

Unfortunately, there isn't an easy way to recover deleted email once you've done it forever.

The other answer on here is right - if you used another tool it might be possible.

Another option that might work (but is less likely), is to fill out a report of missing messages for the Gmail team to process: https://support.google.com/mail/bin/bin/request.py?&ctx=bugflow_receive31&contact_type=bugs

Gmail's help article says:

If you've deleted a message permanently, by clicking Delete Forever in your Spam or Trash, you won’t be able to recover the message using the Gmail interface.

But you could use that bug request tool to describe directly to the team which email message(s) you need to recover and they might be able to help. Since this is meant for accounts that have been compromised, it might not work, but it's worth a shot.

Good luck :)


If this Gmail account was part of a work or school Google Apps domain, your admin can restore deleted email or Drive files for up to 25 days by following the step provided in this Google help article: Restore a user's Google Drive or Gmail data

This does NOT apply to consumer @gmail.com accounts.


Sorry, you are not able to recover deleted email once pressed delete forever, that's why they are stored in the trash bin, you can restore before forever but not after.

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