How To Recover Deleted Draft Emails in Gmail
If you are like me and like to keep important information and ideas in Gmail drafts for future reference, then I am sure your draft folder will have a bunch of important drafts. And accidentally deleting any of these drafts can be quite a problem as discarded drafts don’t go into the trash folder, unlike deleted emails.
Although it is very difficult to recover a deleted draft in Gmail, but there is still hope if circumstances permit. In this post, I am going to share 2 ways to recover deleted drafts in Gmail.
Use the Undo button
This is the simplest solution but you have like 10 seconds after deleting a draft to use this feature to recover it. When you discard a draft in Gmail, you will get a small popup at the bottom left corner of the email with an “Undo” button. Just click on this “Undo” button and the draft will be immediately recovered.
However, do keep in mind that popup will only stay available for about 10 seconds and will be removed if you move to a different section. So you must act during this time period. Once the pop up disappears, there is no other way to bring it back to undo.
Recover draft on your phone
It isn’t uncommon these days that we are logged-in to our Gmail account from both our desktop and smartphone. If you have deleted the email on your desktop, then you may still be able to recover it from your phone if you act fast enough. The Gmail mobile app is updated periodically, so even if you delete the draft on your PC; it will still take a bit of time to sync these changes on your phone. Here is what you need to do:
Immediately remove internet access to your phone so it would not be able to sync the changes. Afterward, open the Gmail app and it will load data from the cache including the draft if it has not been already synced. Just copy the contents and save them somewhere safe. You can also create a new draft with the same content and let it sync by enabling the internet connection.
I know that these solutions aren’t very reliable, especially if a long period of time has passed before learning about these solutions. Unfortunately, there is no official way to recover discarded drafts once they are gone, so these solutions are your last hope.