How To Recover Deleted Draft Emails in Gmail

How To Recover Deleted Draft Emails in Gmail

Karrar Haider

For over 8 years, Karrar has been writing about everything Google and Windows with a strict focus on improving security and finding ways to get more out of our devices.

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15 Responses

  1. Kisaan says:

    This is an interesting blog . A lot of information is filled in this blog.Thank you for sharing. Great work and keep it up.

  2. Terence Wise says:

    I hate Gmail at times. When you are typing out a long email and lose connection to the wifi. It doesn’t save a draft or if it does it is normally only a few sentences. Hate it…. Can it be recovered?

  3. Ian Davis says:

    This happened to me and I was cursing a blue streak as I had spent a couple of hours drafting the message. Then I thought of something. I looked in my browser history and there it was!

    • Bob McWalter says:

      When I first lost a Gmail message, I vowed to draft my long messages in MS Word where I can copy and paste them in my Gmail messages. If the message is short, I often copy it to the clipboard or paste it to the dropdown Notepad that is usually open. The undo trick does not always work. A weakness in my system is my advancing age. As the distance between 85 and 90 gets shorter, the problem increases. Why do drafts disappear with no explanation? Shouldn’t it be a simple fix?

  4. Katie Keith says:

    You are a genius – I quickly put my phone on flight mode and the deleted draft was still there. Thank you so much!

  5. Papa says:

    Oh man! As I was reading this and got to the part “Recover draft on your phone”, I immediately went to my phone and disconnected wifi and cell data. Then, I opened the gmail app and went to Drafts – and sure enough… there it was!!! Saved my but majorly. Thank you so much!!!

  6. Annu Singh says:

    Draft emails by deleted so please recover.

  7. Taryn Mundell says:

    oh my goodness you are genius!!
    I just did the wifi offline phone option and it worked!
    My cat deleted my draft that I had spent over an hour researching and typing out.

    OMG I am eternally grateful, thank you!

  8. susan says:

    had 30 drafts for repetitive emails and they all dissapeared, not in trash, not sent, just gone as are all those in my trash folder. Gmail

  9. Tobechi says:

    I lost very sensitive login and passwords I saved in my mail draft., Now I can’t recover it.. plz draft recovery should be fixed.

  10. Clare says:

    I am running into the issue of having the CONTENT characters of my draft Gmail messaged cleared out as I am typing, perhaps leaving only the last 3 or so characters I typed. The draft email entity structure is still there, but my laboriously-typed message is gone. This has happened several times and is very frustrating.

    I figure my fingers must be accidently hitting some key combination which is causing this to happen. But unlike when using WORD, I can’t seem to find a way to undo such key strokes.

    Any suggestions on how to find/do such an undo?

    Also, if anyone knows what causes such complete dissappearances of all characters in a multi-paragraph message, I would be happy to know so I can be aware of what I need to be more careful about in future! (I am using a PC, if that makes any difference.)

    Thanks for any help.

  11. Angela says:

    I have in the incognito window chrome, typed a draft, which constantly showing saved, then when you close and re-open, all my notes are disappeared!!!
    Wasted my half day work

  12. Adam says:

    When you know the title (or at least some part of it) of the message you may try to search for it in the search bar. In my case the deleted draft could be restored in this way.

  13. Anon says:

    No one should have to “recover” a “draft” etc. in gmail. IT IS PURE ARROGANCE ON THE PART OF GOOGLE/GMAIL TO NOT SEND DISCARDED DRAFTS TO THE TRASH “FOLDER” PERIOD. ABSOLUTE ARROGANCE. THEY WERE TOLD ABOUT IT 20 YEARS AGO. GOOGLE IS POLITICALLY FAR LEFT. THEY DO NOT LISTEN. THAT’S ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW.

  14. Mac says:

    Agree (in part) with the previous poster. The thing is: why, what’s the reason Google Gmail doesn’t keep discarded draft in the Trash folder, what’s the rationale behind not keeping discarded draft in trash?

    I tried the internet/date disconnection (fly mode) and didn’t work. I went to the history folder and didn’t bring it back either. If anyone ever finds a solution for this Google Gmail flaw, please report/post it here. Thanks in advance. MA

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