1. I uploaded some files as attachments and sent them.
  2. My iPhone and IMAP mail client show blank messages in Trash with the subject "Attachment", each with a single attachment.
  3. The gmail.com website shows nothing in Trash.
  4. Searching for the attachment filenames on gmail.com with "Spam & Trash" checked, turns up the messages with the Trash label. I can open them and download the attachments, they really exist.
  5. Clicking the label in search results takes me to Trash, where once again I can see nothing.
  6. After a day or so my iPhone shows that the messages disappeared from Trash on their own, even though they are only a few days old. Other messages I put in Trash will remain.

Why does this happen? It happens all the time, almost any time I upload attachments. Having the messages show up in Search but not in Trash itself is what confuses me.

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  • Could it be that you have a label called Trash, in addition to the GMail trash bin? – Vidar S. Ramdal Feb 13 '14 at 8:19
  • Were these messages intentionally deleted? – MrWhite Feb 13 '14 at 14:27
  • @VidarS.Ramdal No, I do not. – ERJ Feb 16 '14 at 3:21
  • @w3d What messages? Read the question, I can reproduce it without doing anything not listed in the question. – ERJ Feb 16 '14 at 3:21
  • This happens even in the web interface. If you go to your Account Activity Dashboard, you will be able to find any and all deleted messages that have an attachment. My theory (although, I haven’t checked it) is that they are permanently cancelled after the 30 days period. – Alex Sep 1 '15 at 15:57

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