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How to Recover Lost or Deleted Yahoo! Mail Messages


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A message, a folder or even all your mail has disappeared inexplicably? You have frisked and scoured your entire Yahoo! Mail account to no avail: they're gone. Or are they?

Act Quickly to Recover Lost Yahoo! Mail

If you act quickly, there's a chance Yahoo! can restore your mailbox to a previous state from a backup copy, recovering your lost messages whether you accidentally emptied the Trash folder containing an important email or whether a Yahoo! Mail glitch made mail disappear.

Of course, you can also undelete a message quickly as long as it is still in your Yahoo! Mail's Trash folder.

Undelete Mail in Yahoo! Mail

To undelete a message in Yahoo! Mail:

  • Go to the Trash folder.
  • Open the desired message.
  • Click Move in the Yahoo! Mail toolbar.
  • Select Inbox or any other folder to recover the message.
    • In Yahoo! Mail, you can also drag and drop the email to any folder, of course.

Recover Lost or Ultimately Deleted Yahoo! Mail Messages

To rescue messages that have disappeared from your Yahoo! Mail account during the past 24 hours or undelete messages after you have emptied the Trash folder:

(Updated May 2012)

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