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Accidentally deleting a carefully crafted email draft can be frustrating, especially if you’ve spent a lot of time perfecting it.
Fortunately, Gmail has an undo feature that allows you to retrieve a discarded draft within a 10-second window. To take advantage of this feature simply click on the “undo” link that appears at the bottom left of the page after you’ve deleted a draft.
But what happens if you miss that window? Don’t worry, in this article, we’ll show you a trick that may help you recover your draft, although it’s not a 100% foolproof method.
Additionally, We’ll also provide additional tips to prevent you from losing your drafts in the future.
Method 1: Use the Undo Button
1 – look for a pop-up box that appears at the bottom left of the screen after deleting a draft.
2 – Click on the “Undo” link to retrieve your draft.
It’s important to note that the undo link is only active for 10 seconds, so you must act quickly to ensure that you don’t miss the window to retrieve your draft.
Method 2: Recover deleted Draft Using the Gmail Mobile App
Please note that for this method to work, you will need to be logged into the Gmail app on another device, and you must act quickly before the app has a chance to sync with the most recent changes you made on the web app.
Here are the steps to follow:
1 – Turn off the Wi-Fi and mobile data on the mobile device that you’re logged into the Gmail app.
2 – Open the Gmail app.
3 – Navigate to the “Draft” label.
4 – Locate the unsynced draft that you want to retrieve.
5 – Copy the content of the draft email.
6 – Paste the content into your notes app, word processor, or in a new draft window.
In conclusion, if you miss the opportunity to use the “Undo” feature, the draft will most likely be permanently deleted and cannot be recovered.
To prevent losing your email drafts the next time around, I recommend that you draft future emails in Google Docs, an offline word processor, or a notes app. You can then copy the content to the compose box in Gmail, which will reduce the risk of losing your drafted email.
By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your hard work won’t go to waste if you accidentally delete your draft in Gmail.