No matter how advanced a phone is, it can’t stop a person from some common mistakes like deleting an email accidentally from their email account. Clearly, not even iPhone users are beyond making such mistakes. But unlike the past, now there’s enough scope for getting back the deleted emails.
For that, all you need to do is just know how to retrieve deleted emails on iPhone or iPad in the first place. In case you haven’t done this before, this article will help you to recover deleted emails easily, even if they’re permanently deleted. So, let’s get started then?
Process to Recover Deleted Emails on iPhone Mail App
Like any other device you use, this process is also simply a set of steps. But there are differences in the process depending on certain circumstances. For example, to instantly recover emails, the process is a bit different than the regular one.
So, let’s start with that first, as often we mistakenly hit the delete button and end up deleting emails.
- Open Mail.
- Shake your phone.
- Tap Undo.
Our guide continues below with additional information on retrieving deleted iPhone emails, including pictures of these steps.
Recovering Deleted Emails on iPhone Instantly: Step-by-Step Guide with Pictures
When you have just deleted an email from your iPhone/iPad and realize it instantly, follow the below steps to recover it.
Step 1: Access the Mail App.
After unlocking the phone, find out your mail app icon and tap on it.
Step 2: Shake Your Phone, and tap Undo.
Now shake the iPhone, and there will be a pop-up written ‘Undo Archive’ on it with two options at the bottom. One of them is ‘Undo’ and ‘Cancel.’ Hit the Undo option, and your accidentally deleted email is restored as it was before.
But make sure that you’re doing it before leaving the app. If you mistakenly exit the Mail app and perform another action on the device, you won’t be able to recover deleted emails. In case you don’t have the ‘Shake to Undo’ option On, then you can activate it in seconds.
All you need to do is go to the settings menu and select the Accessibility option.
Simply tap on that, and you’ll see a segment named ‘Touch’ after scrolling a little down, and there’s ‘Shake to Undo’ right under that. Turn its status Off to On, and that function will be activated.
Note that depending on the current settings on your device you may see a pop up after you do “Shake to Undo” that lets you know about another gesture (such as tapping with three fingers) that you could do to undo an email deletion instead.
Recovering Deleted Emails on iPhone After Exiting Mail App: Step-by-Step
Now, the question is, how would you get your deleted mail back once you exit the Mail app, and the shake doesn’t work to get it back. Well, you can get those back just by following these few simple steps –
- Step 1: Find the Trash, Archive, or “All Mail” Folder
Once you open Mail app of your iPhone/iPad, look for the trash icon a little below the inbox. Then tap on it to see all your deleted mails in recent times.
Note that different email accounts can handle deleted or archived email messages a little differently, so you may need to open a couple of different folders until you find the one with the message you want to restore.
- Step 2: Find the Deleted Email
Find out the deleted email you want to restore and tap on that. Once the mail is open, you’ll see a folder icon at the bottom. Now tap on it, and it’ll allow you to move the mail back to the inbox and recover deleted emails.
- Step 3: Select Multiple Emails
In case you want to retrieve multiple emails, then tap Edit button on the corner of the trash folder. It will allow you to select multiple emails at a time.
Now tap on the move icon or option at the screen’s bottom and restore emails that you’ve deleted. If you want to select all the mails at once, go for ‘Select All’ in the upper left corner.
Process to Recover Permanently Deleted Emails on iPhone
Usually, there’s 30 day time period for the mail to stay in the trash folder of the iPhone/iPod mailbox. But after that, the emails automatically get deleted. So, if this happens, you’ll have to go for different processes to retrieve permanently deleted emails.
As we’ve said, ‘processes,’ you can easily assume that there is more than one process here. Well, there are two, to be exact. Here’s the first one.
Recovering Permanently Deleted Emails with iCloud Backup
One option that you have for recovering a deleted email is a little complicated, and involves you erasing your device and restoring it from a backup, assuming that the device hasn’t completed a backup since the email was deleted.
This process to recover permanently deleted emails is a set of 5 steps, and it starts with –
- Step 1: Reset the Phone
Go to the ‘Settings’ of your iOS device, then ‘General,’ then ‘Reset or Transfer iPhone’, then ‘Reset’, and tap on ‘Reset All Content and Settings.’
- Step 2: Set Up the Device
Once your device is done with erasing all the data, its greeting screen will show up. Now, follow the instructions or set-up steps that will come on your phone.
- Step 3: Connect to Wi-Fi
Here, get the device connected to your Wi-Fi network. Then, follow the required steps you’d see on screen.
- Step 4: Signing in to iCloud Account and Restore
Now go for the ‘Apps and Data’ and tap on the ‘Restore from iCloud Backup.’ Once you Sign in to the iCloud account, select your required backup file with the email data that contains the emails you want to restore. Once you complete the whole setup process, the mails will be restored as it was before.
Recovering Permanently Deleted Emails by Using iCloud.com
Here comes the second process you can use to easily recover deleted emails. Like before, the steps are explained below.
- Step 1: Log into iCloud.com
First of all, go to iCloud.com and sign in with your iCloud account with your ID and password as you do with your mail account.
- Step 2: Restore the Emails
Now after tapping on the Mail icon, pick the emails you need restored. Then, tap on the “Restore” option. As an alternative, you can also go to the Settings and click on the Restore Emails under the tab named ‘Advanced’.
Then check the archives and tap on the one you want to restore. You’ll see a ‘Restore’ button on the right side. Click on it to recover lost emails.
If you have come this far, then we guess you’ve got every piece of information on your way to know how to retrieve deleted emails on iPhone/iPad. Now, it doesn’t matter even if your important mails have got accidentally deleted permanently; you can still get them back whenever you want.
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