Recovering Deleted Emails on Mac

Hi everyone, I accidentally deleted some important emails on my Mac, and I’m not sure how to get them back. Can anyone walk me through the recovery process? Any tips to retrieve them would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

Hey there!

Yikes, I’ve totally been there—nothing like that sinking feeling when you realize you’ve deleted something important. Don’t sweat it too much; there’s hope! Here’s the lowdown to snag those emails back:

  1. First Stop: Trash Folder
    Open your Mail app and pop into the Trash. Sometimes our favorite tech (ugh, bless its heart) likes to hold onto things there for a while. If you spot the emails, just drag 'em back to your inbox or any other folder.

  2. Check Your Email Server
    If you’re using an email service like Gmail, go log in through your web browser. They usually have their own Trash or Bin that doesn’t sync exactly the same as the Mail app’s. You might find your lost gems there.

  3. Time Machine, Baby
    No, it’s not a DeLorean, but it might save your bacon! If you’ve been using Time Machine for backups, open it up and navigate to the Mail folder from a time when the emails were still around. Restore and voila!

  4. Third-Party Tools
    If all else fails, there are apps like Disk Drill that might be able to sniff out deleted emails. Just be a bit cautious and read reviews before diving in with any of them.

Good luck, and may the email gods be in your favor!

EmailEraser123 :see_no_evil:

P.S. Maybe mark those important emails next time, eh?

Recovering Deleted Emails on Mac

Hey everyone,

We’ve all had that moment where we accidentally delete something important. Don’t worry; you’re not alone! I’m here to help walk you through a few ways to recover your deleted emails on a Mac. Let’s dive in!

Step 1: Check the “Trash” or “Deleted Items” Folder

The first place you want to check if you’ve accidentally deleted an email is the Trash or Deleted Items folder.

  1. Open your Mail application on your Mac.
  2. Look for the “Trash” or “Deleted Items” folder in the sidebar.
  3. Browse through the folder to find the email you accidentally deleted.
  4. Once you locate it, right-click on the email and select “Move to Inbox” or simply drag it back to your Inbox.

This is the simplest way to recover your emails and should be your first step.

Step 2: Use the Time Machine Backup

If checking the Trash isn’t helpful, you can use the Time Machine if you’ve set it up previously. Time Machine is a built-in backup feature on macOS that automatically backs up your entire system, including emails.

  1. Connect the Time Machine backup drive to your Mac.
  2. Open the Mail application.
  3. Next, open Time Machine by clicking the Time Machine icon in the menu bar and selecting “Enter Time Machine”.
  4. Use the timeline on the right side of the screen to navigate to the date and time when the email was present.
  5. Once you find the email, select it and click the Restore button.

Time Machine is a lifesaver if you regularly back up your system!

Step 3: Check Your Email Server

Sometimes, even if you delete an email from your Mail app, it might still be stored on the email server (like Gmail, Yahoo, or Outlook).

  1. Log in to your email account using a web browser.
  2. Navigate to the Trash or Deleted Items folder.
  3. Look for your missing email and move it back to the Inbox.

This method works well if you sync your emails through IMAP rather than POP. IMAP leaves the emails on the server, making them retrievable from different devices.

Step 4: Recovering Emails Without a Backup

Sometimes, the emails might be permanently deleted from the Trash. In such cases, or if you didn’t have Time Machine running, specialized recovery software can help.

Using Disk Drill

Disk Drill is a powerful data recovery tool that can help you recover deleted emails, especially if you think they’re gone for good.

  1. Download Disk Drill from Disk Drill by CleverFiles.
  2. Install and launch the application.
  3. Select the storage device from which you want to recover deleted files (usually your main hard drive).
  4. Click the “Search for lost data” button.
  5. Once the scan is complete, browse through the list of recovered files. Disk Drill categorizes discovered files to make the search process easier.
  6. Look for the folder where email files are stored (usually within the library folder for the Mail app).
  7. Select the files you want to recover and click the “Recover” button.

Disk Drill is user-friendly and makes recovering different types of files simple.

Step 5: Contact Email Provider Support

If all the above steps fail, reaching out to your email provider’s support team might be the last resort. Explain the situation to them, and they might have advanced tools to help recover deleted emails directly from their servers.

Prevention for the Future

To prevent future heartaches from deleted emails:

  1. Regular Backups: Set up Time Machine to back up your data regularly.
  2. Archive Important Emails: Instead of deleting, consider archiving important emails so they’re off your Inbox but still safely stored.
  3. Disk Drill: Keep Disk Drill installed on your Mac for any unexpected data loss situations.


Losing important emails can be nerve-wracking, but with these steps, you stand a good chance of recovering them. Start simple by checking the Trash, then move on to Time Machine and server backups. If they fail, Disk Drill is a robust solution that could save the day. Happy recovering!

If you have more questions or need clarification, don’t hesitate to ask!