[2020 Updated] 3 Best Free Ways to Recover Deleted Yahoo Email

Lost some important emails from your Yahoo inbox? Permanently deleted some Yahoo emails then found you still need them? What then happens? Of course, you need to perform a Yahoo email recovery process at once.

Can you recover lost or permanently deleted Yahoo emails? The answer is YES! Now, let's check why you can recover deleted emails, and how to do that.

Part 1: Is It Possible to Recover Deleted Yahoo Emails?

A lot of people feel sad and anxious after deleting emails unintentionally. But there's good news! Yahoo Mail offers ways to recover any deleted file. In fact, when you delete a mail from your mailbox, it goes into a Trash folder automatically – just in case you need to access it in the future.

What this means is, you can recover deleted messages from the trash or send a restore request to Yahoo. In essence, it's possible to recover your lost messages even though you delete Trash folder containing vital information by accident.

Part 2: How to Restore Yahoo Emails from Trash Folder

You can restore a message successfully and quickly provided it's still in the Trash folder. If you delete a mail, it is sent to the Trash folder. But the Trash folder will empty automatically to keep your account tidy. The deletion frequency of Trash folder is 7 days. So you'll succeed in restoring an email if you undelete it as soon as possible.

Follow the easy steps for Yahoo email recovery:

Step 1: In your Yahoo mail, select the Trash folder. It's located in the navigation pane at the left side of the email screen.

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If there are many emails in the Trash folder, you can search for the message by sorting via the deletion date. This will help you find the deleted mail even though the mail is old.

Step 2: Select the "Move" icon above the mail list, then click Inbox or You can click the D, then the 0 tab.

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Note: If you are using the previous versions of Yahoo Mail, select the Restore to Inbox tab to remove them from the Trash and into Inbox.

Part 3: Restore Yahoo Emails by Submitting a Restore Request

If you lose your messages or delete them by accident in the last 7 days, you can send a restore request and Yahoo will help you recover the lost mails. But the restoration might not be successful and you can only retrieve deleted or lost messages in the last 7 days.

Yahoo will add successfully recovered messages back into the folder they were in.  If you can't find the message after a Yahoo email recovery, check your Trash folder.

To retrieve emails that are no more in your Yahoo Mail account or to undelete mails after you have deleted the Trash folder, do the following:

Step 1: Download all the mails received from the previous day and present or send them to another email address manually or automatically. Otherwise, you'll lose the messages forever.

Step 2: Go to your Yahoo Mail Help Center. Locate "Recover lost or deleted emails" and select "Send a Restore Request".

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Step 3: Describe the issue by selecting the drop-down menu. Here, select Mail: Accidentally deleted messages on webMail. You'll also see a selection if you used a mobile phone.

Step 4: Under when did you last see the missing messages, select the time range. The maximum time frame is 16 hours.

Step 5: Type in your email address or Yahoo Mail ID in the given field.

Step 6: Type in an email address you can access in the given field.

Step 7: Fill in the CAPTCHA field and select the Create Request button.

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As you wait for the email service to restore your Yahoo Mail account to its former state, keep on downloading or forwarding any new arriving mail. The backup will restore your current email folders and boxes.

Part 4: How to Recover Permanently Deleted Email Files

The above 2 methods will only available if you use the web-based mail service from Yahoo. Nowadays, many users prefer to add Yahoo mail account to Outlook. In this circumstance, you can only recover Yahoo email data by using a data recovery program. AnyRecover is one of the best data recovery software out there. It has a simple design and features, making it easy to access and use.  Further, AnyRecover works on various operating systems including macOS, Windows 10, 8, 7, and Windows Vista.

Now, let's check the main features of this program.

It adopts all-round scan and deep scan that ensure a high recovery rate.

It can also recover deleted emails from Gmail, AOL Mail, Outlook and etc.

Additionally, AnyRecover supports more than 1000+ file types, including documents, photos, videos, emails, audios and so on.

It's totally free to scan and preview data. And you can recover 3 files with the free trial.

Please note that once a file is deleted, the storage space will marked as free and the original data will be overwritten. The longer you wait, the lower the chance of recovery. Since AnyRecover offers free scan and preview, you can download the program to check whether it works or not.

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Step 1: Start the AnyRecover application, select your preferred data location path.

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Step 2: After selecting the location, hit "Start" button to start scanning.

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Step 3: You can preview the preferred files before recovering them. Select the main or important files that you need and click the "Recover" button.

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FAQ: Other Things You May Want to Know about Yahoo Email Recovery

Q1: Where are the deleted emails?

If you are using the web-based mail service, the emails that deleted within 7 days will be kept in the Trash folder; if the emails have been deleted for over 7 days, in most cases, they will be saved on the server.

Q2: Can you recover deleted Yahoo emails from years ago?

It depends.

As we have mentioned before, only the emails that have been deleted within 7 days can be recovered if you are using the webmail service. However, if luckily you have added your Yahoo account to Outlook or any other mail services, there is a possibility to recover the emails that deleted years ago. You can use a data recovery program to scan your hard disk to find them.

Q3: How long does it take to restore deleted emails from Yahoo?

It will only take minutes to hours if you restore the deleted emails from Trash folder or by using a data recovery program. The time can take up to 24 hours or longer if you need to contact the Yahoo Mail support center.

Q4: How to backup Yahoo emails?

  • Add your Yahoo Mail account to Outlook and export emails a .pst file.

  • Manually send the important emails to another email address.

  • Copy and paste the emails to a Word document or text file.

  • Download a data backup program.


By  James Crawford , to Email Recovery

Updated on Nov 26, 2020

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