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Shake iPhone/iPad To Undelete Email Messages From iOS Mail App

Last updated: January 30, 2015 at 10:42 am

New Mail app in iOS 8 supports swiping gestures that allows you to quickly flag, archive, and trash emails. You can change the swipe settings to fit your needs — the left and right swipe options are available under “Mail, Contacts, Calendars” menu.

But there is a problem though: Apple iOS 8 has made deleting emails too easy. And if you are like me, you probably delete emails accidentally while scrolling or swiping through your inbox.

Emails you delete accidentally or intentionally from your iPhone or iPad are still stored in another folder. This folder, called the “Trash,” allows you to do the following:

  • Permanently delete email messages from your device
  • Retrieve and restore deleted emails back into the main inbox folder

What if you want to quickly undelete an email you just deleted? You don’t have to go into the Trash folder to look for it anymore, as iOS 8 has a new feature that will automatically undelete your email message in less than a few seconds.

No configuration is required to activate this feature. Just shake your iPhone and iPad when you have the Mail app opened. This will look for the recently deleted email in the Trash folder and put it back into the right folder.

Get back deleted email on your iOS 8 Mail app by shaking the iPhone or iPad

Only Mail app users can benefit from this new feature. Of course, if you have linked your other email accounts — Gmail, Hotmail / Outlook, Yahoo Mail – the same step should “undo” your choice to delete emails.

Warning: If you have removed the email even from the Trash folder, you cannot get it back again. Also note that only the first email you have deleted can be recovered, rest of the old emails are still stored in the Trash folder.

Note: Articles written at are valid for every Apple device running iOS 8.0, iOS 8.1, iOS 8.2, iOS 8.3, iOS 8.4 / 8.4.1 firmware
  • Larry Anderson

    Just tried it. Didn’t work for me, no matter how hard I shook the phone.
    Running iOS 8.1.3

    I just deleted an email accidentally and really need to get that information back.

  • cece

    I recently updated to os8.1.3. Since the update, I cannot retrieve accidentally deleted emails.

    Before the update, when I accidentally deleted an email, I will find it in the Trash folder but now, it is gone. Indeed, all the emails I delete now are nowhere to find.

    I just did some testing: sending myself an email from another account, delete it and look for it in the Trash folder. It is not there. Indeed, all the emails I deleted since the update seems to go gone.

    This is a real issue !!!

  • christian

    Does this function work when I delete mail from the Outbox? or only for mail I have received?