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Can you delete an email from someone else’s inbox?

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Deleting an email on your device does not delete it off the sender’s device. Once you’ve deleted an email, there is no way to get it back – unless it was sent through a closed internal network (in which case, only certain conditions might apply). Even if you could get the mail back, this may be too late because someone else might have already seen and printed your outgoing message.

When someone sends you a message in Gmail, it remains in your inbox unless one of the following is true:

You archive it. You mark it as spam. The sender takes any action that moves their email from Inbox to another folder (spam, trash, or another label).

In most cases, if you delete an email from someone else’s inbox, it will be moved to the Trash folder for 30 days before being permanently deleted. The only case where an email can be immediately removed from the recipient’s trash without also being deleted from your own inbox is when you send mail through Google Apps Premier Edition and include either a “Delete this message after viewing” checkbox or “Auto-delete messages above:” in your message.

You can recognize a message that has been moved to the trash because you’ll see a “Trash” link next to the sender’s name in your inbox list, and an orange icon labeled “Trash” will appear in the sender’s email address. For example:

To permanently remove messages from someone else’s trash (without being deleted from your own inbox), either archive them or move them out of their Trash folder and into another label or folder. The following GIF image demonstrates how to move messages from the Trash into another folder when viewing Gmail on the web:

Alternatively, if you’re using desktop Gmail, you can drag-and-drop emails from Trash directly into another label or folder within the same mailbox using the Gmail window interface:

How do I delete email from my own trash?

If you accidentally delete an important message, or if you wipe your entire inbox by accident, there’s still hope. Simply go to the Trash folder within your Google Apps account, locate the message(s) that you want to restore and then select the “Restore” link on the far right side of each message header (see GIF below). To permanently remove messages from someone else’s trash (without being deleted from your own inbox), either archive them or move them out of their Trash folder and into another label or folder. The following GIF image demonstrates how to move messages from the Trash into another folder when viewing Gmail on the web: Alternatively, if you’re using desktop Gmail, you can drag-and-drop emails from Trash directly into another label or folder within the same mailbox using the Google Apps window interface. To do so, simply hover over an email in trash and click on the “move” link that appears above its subject line as shown below.

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Can I delete messages out of my trash permanently with IMAP clients?

No, you can only delete messages from your trash in one of the following ways:

Move the message out of the trash into another folder or label within that same mailbox using either the web interface (see image below) or the desktop Gmail window interface.

OR permanently wipe them by selecting “Permanently remove…” from the contextual menu on an individual message in Trash as shown in the GIF image below: Note: If a message is older than 30 days, then it will be permanently deleted when you select this option – whether you want to delete it from Trash or not. So consider yourself warned! But if you’re pretty sure that there’s no hope for recovery and you are 100% certain that there are no other copies of the message anywhere on your hard drive or in transit to/from any other email service, go ahead and permanently delete it from the trash.

How can I permanently remove messages that are older than 30 days?

If you want to permanently remove an email that is older than 30 days (for example if you accidentally deleted a file), then select “Permanently remove…” from the contextual menu as shown below: If a message is older than 30 days, then it will be permanently deleted when you select this option – whether you want to delete it from Trash or not. So consider yourself warned! But if you’re pretty sure that there’s no hope for recovery and you are 100% certain that there are no other copies of the message anywhere on your hard drive or in transit to/from any other email service, go ahead and permanently delete it from the trash.

How do I permanently remove all my messages?

To wipe out everything in your Gmail inbox, navigate to Settings > Labels and uncheck “Show in IMAP” for every single label…except for “All Mail”. This will cause a “Trash emptied” notice to appear near the top of your screen (as shown below) when you open your webmail again. Don’t worry – this is normal behavior: Simply click the checkbox next to “Show in IMAP” once more for each folder and then press Save Changes. Alternatively, you can just delete everything in your Gmail inbox using a desktop client as described below. To do so, simply create a new filter that will permanently move or delete all messages from Trash and repeat the process for every single label except “All Mail”.

The following video demonstrates how to permanently remove your entire inbox using Webmail: Or follow these simple steps using a desktop IMAP client such as Thunderbird: 1) Create a new message rule with the following settings (Click Here for step-by-step instructions): 2) Select Apply Now to set things in motion. 3) Your messages should now be gone!

How can I permanently remove emails from the trash when using a mobile phone?

If you’re using an Android phone, then you can wipe out your trash on the fly with this free Gmail app:

If you’re using an iPhone or iPad, then try one of these excellent mobile apps instead?

Gmail-SpamKilla (free) – As described by Google’s official blog post “How to clean up your email inbox”: “…to send unwanted messages straight to the trash, click the ‘Not Spam’ link at the top of a message that Gmail classifies incorrectly. You can also use a Gmail Labs feature called “Move to Trash.” …This will help ensure that those emails don’t come back in confusing ways later on. And if things get hairy later, there are several other options for retrieving important messages from All Mail including searching by the sender or subject line or going all RoboTurbo and searching for messages with particular labels.”

So there you have it – the complete rundown on how to permanently delete your emails from Gmail’s trash. Happy deleting!

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Can you delete an email from someone else’s inbox?

Deleting an email on your device does not delete it off the sender’s device. Once you’ve deleted an email, there is no way to get it back – unless it was sent through a closed internal network (in which case, only certain conditions might apply). Even if you could get the mail back, this may be too late because someone else might have already seen and printed your outgoing message.

Can you remove an email from someone’s inbox?

Unfortunately, you cannot recall a sent email. The only time that a user can recall an email is before it’s been delivered to its recipient.

How do I delete mail from both sender and receiver?

There are two ways you can complete this objective. One way is to ask the recipient kindly to delete the email from their inbox. Even if they agree, you have no verification that they actually deleted the email or if they even read it. The second method is to hack into their Gmail and delete it for them remotely.

How do I delete emails on both sides?

A single click of the mouse can permanently delete emails. To do this, hover over the check box and left-click your cursor on the box that looks like an x.

Can I delete a sent email in Gmail?

If you want to take back a sent email, look for “Undo” in the “Saved Drafts” box and click it. A new page will open where your previously sent message appears; the message is added back into your draft folder.

Can you tell if someone deleted your email?

If the recipient has never opened your email, you will just see a “not yet read” status. You can use this to determine if someone’s seen your message or not.

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