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Can you recover a permanently deleted Gmail account?

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No. Once you delete your Gmail emails, they stay in the Trash Bin for 30 days before being permanently deleted and inaccessible by any means. If you have deleted them from the Trash Bin OR Google has automatically deleted them after 30 days (in which case efforts are made to try and recover them), then there is no way to restore or retrieve the email.

How to Recover a Permanently Deleted Gmail Account

If you’re ready to get back into your Gmail account and forget about recovering any data, it’s time to begin the recovery process. Remember, if you are trying to recover a deleted Gmail account, either your Google Account has been permanently disabled or you just want to get back into a different Gmail address than the one you used to use with that Google Account.

Hopefully, you have either a recent backup of your Gmail data or you made sure to use the Google Takeout service to make sure all of that data is safely stored in the cloud. Then again, if you’ve been permanently locked out of your Gmail account because someone else tried to log in after you deleted it, following these steps will get you back using that old email address.

1- To begin recovering a permanently deleted Gmail account:

Log out of your current Gmail address and then sign-in using the email address for which you are trying to recover access. This may require entering a username and password into an authentication page where Google has already attempted recovery but failed. If this works, either skip ahead or start downloading some kind of backup file for your old Gmail address so you can re-import that old data into the recovered account. If it doesn’t work, then try a few more times before moving on to the next step. Allow Google to send an email with a link for requesting account recovery. Then click that link and follow along as Google walks you through the process of recovering your old Gmail address. It may first ask you for some details about why you wish to recover an old Gmail address. Otherwise, if all else fails at this point, go ahead and contact support directly by phone or chat (see below).

After getting back into your deleted Gmail address, now would be a good time to make sure everything is looking okay for real—for example: Did any other accounts get inadvertently merged with your recovered Gmail account? Do you see some old messages that you thought were permanently deleted? If everything looks okay, then go on to make sure all of the data inside still works as it was before. In fact, if you’re trying to recover a permanently deleted Gmail account because someone else tried to log in after you deleted the address, this is the time to change permissions so nobody can try logging into your Google Account again.

2- To begin recovering a permanently deleted Gmail account:

Log out of your current Gmail address and then sign-in using the email address for which you are trying to recover access. This may require entering a username and password into an authentication page where Google has already attempted a recovery but failed. If this works, either skip ahead or start downloading some kind of backup file for your old Gmail address so you can re-import that old data into the recovered account. If it doesn’t work, then try a few more times before moving on to the next step. Click any link in Google’s sign-in page to change the permissions on your Google Account. This will take you to a page where you can select who is allowed to sign in to your account—for example: only allow access from devices that are “Trusted”. There may be other options here, as well. You might need to select “Define what happens when someone tries to sign in.” In this wizard, configure any options needed and finish the process by clicking “Next Step”. You may need to sign-out and then sign-in again for this change to go into effect. There is also a “Remove all devices from this account” link at the bottom of this page which you can click if you no longer trust any of these devices. After getting back into your deleted Gmail address, now would be a good time to make sure everything is looking okay for real—for example: Did any other accounts get inadvertently merged with your recovered Gmail account? Do you see some old messages that you thought were permanently deleted? If everything looks okay, then go on to make sure all of the data inside still works as it was before. In fact, if you’re trying to recover a permanently deleted Gmail account because someone else tried to log in after you deleted the address, this is the time to change permissions so nobody can try logging into your Google Account again.

If you need to make major changes to a Gmail address that is not yours, contact Google Support directly by phone or chat. You don’t have to go through the process of recovering a permanently deleted Gmail account yourself—instead place an order with one of their specialists who will do everything for you. Just be sure to tell them specifically how much data has been lost and whether it was recent data or old data which has likely already been backed up somewhere else. (They should also have access to your account history.)

You may need to file a report with local authorities if someone else gained unauthorized access and then changed your account permissions or deleted an old Gmail address. This is especially true if you suspect identity theft, computer hacking, or someone getting into your password stash and making changes.

Can you recover a permanently deleted Gmail account?

No. Once you delete your Gmail emails, they stay in the Trash Bin for 30 days before being permanently deleted and inaccessible by any means. If you have deleted them from the Trash Bin OR Google has automatically deleted them after 30 days (in which case efforts are made to try and recover them), then there is no way to restore or retrieve the email.

Are deleted text messages gone forever?

It usually takes a cell phone carrier time to save the kinds of text-message data that is sent between consumers, such as chat messages in your inbox. If you delete an old message or conversation it may not be gone for good.

Is deleted Gmail gone forever?

Deleting a message deletes it from your account and after 30 days, the original copy will be permanently and irrevocably removed.

What happens if you delete your Gmail account?

Deleting your Google account will cause you to lose access to data across a number of websites and mobile apps. Also, it will prevent you from accessing any contacts on your phone that have been synced with your Google account and certain other online services, because those accounts are permanently linked to the username you were deleting. Add “onlinebefore data” (lines 2-3) in the third sentence for consistency.

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