How to retrieve or restore deleted email in Mail for iPad

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Mail in iPad is the most used feature for many of you where you can send and receive your emails. But sometimes in a hurry or by mistake you delete the email which was most important. Or may be you remember suddenly about an email and wish to restore it back in your iPad but you have deleted it.

But no worries as it is very simple process to retrieve a email you deleted from Mail on iPad. But this works well if you do so right away or even within a week. As this is by default the time iPad keeps your deleted emails. You can yourself change the length of time Mail waits before permanently deletes the deleted mails. Anyway follow the simple steps below and see the trick work for you to have your emails back.

Try instant undo

You must have not known about the undo feature in iPad but it works wonders and is a useful function. If you do something you regret, no matter which app you’re in, it’s worth giving your iPad a quick and gentle shake – just a single flick should do it – to see if that app has the undo gesture baked in. If it does, a dialogue box will pop up and say something like ‘Undo Delete’. All you need to do is tap Undo to, well, undo the previous action. Tap Cancel if you made the gesture by accident and don’t want to undo anything.

Naturally undo gesture support will most commonly feature in Apple’s own apps like the mail. So if you have  just deleted an important email by mistake. If you’re prompt, you can get it back very easily. Just give your iPad that gentle but firm flick/shake and you should see the undo message. Tap undo and the email will be recovered.

Now you must be wondering where does your  recovered email go? Well not to worry as it is safe and sound in your iPad.  Remember iPad doesn’t bring the recovered email back on to the screen. But it’s been put back into the inbox it came from. Therefore Tap Inbox, or Mailboxes and you’ll find the recovered email in no time.

You can also do instant redo

This is another function after your undo as it’s worth pointing out at this point that the undo gesture is a single-step undo. You can’t flick to undo one action, then flick again to undo the action before that: if you flick again you’ll do a redo instead. This is useful if you change your mind about the undo.

Also have delayed undo

The next question arises if you don’t recognize at once that deleting that email was a mistake – if you perform another action in the Mail app so that the undo gesture is no longer able to reach back far enough to undo the deletion.

In this case you need to actively seek out the temporary holding folder where Mail keeps emails that have been designated for deletion, but haven’t yet actually been deleted – an action which iOS will perform after waiting by default one week.

The name of the folder will vary according to the email service you use, but it will generally be Junk, or Deleted Messages, or Trash, or something along those lines. If you’re using a yahoo account, for example, tap yahoo at the top left  to go back to the accounts/inboxes menu, then scroll down to find the section headed yahoo and tap Trash. Find the deleted email and open it, then tap the folder icon at the bottom (between the flag icon and the bin) and then select the Inbox – or another active folder – to send it to.

Gmail or a Gmail-based corporate mail setup is a little different: you don’t delete emails in those systems, you ‘archive’ them’.

The easiest way to see your archived email is to open the All Mail folder. Once you’ve found the deleted email, tap it to open the message, then tap the folder icon at the bottom and send it back to the Inbox.

Did you got back your emails, right.