We mention this whenever possible, but we always recommend archiving messages in Gmail rather than deleting them. You never know when you may want to access a message again, and archiving allows you to do that while deleting does not.
The one issue with archived mail is that it is not immediately obvious how you can recover archived messages. You have a few options available to you, but there actually isn’t a way to uncover only archived mail.
First of all, you can always search for your archived mail if you have an idea of what you’re looking for. If you can’t remember exactly what was in the message, take a look at the ‘All Mail’ label in the label list on the left-hand side of your Gmail inbox.
All Mail includes any messages in your Gmail account, even those you’ve archived, so you can scroll through those messages until you find the message you’re looking for.
If you’d like to restore an archived Gmail message back into your inbox:
- Select the message
- Click the Move to Inbox button at the top of your screen
We also have a tip that might it easier to find ONLY archived messages, but it requires a little up front work. Check out the video to learn more!