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Old November 9th, 2009, 02:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I accidentally deleted an email I wanted, but couldn't figure out how to "undelete" it. I can see if in the Trash folder, but don't see any menu options to move it back to the Inbox.

I was able to open the message and Forward it to myself, but that seemed overly difficult. Is there any easier way to undo the delete?

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When i trash just add it to the inbox folder and it's back in there...
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Old November 9th, 2009, 03:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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When you can see the list of emails in the trash, touch and hold the message you want to send back to the inbox, for a couple seconds, you will see a menu pop up that says 'to inbox'. Always play around in different apps, there are hidden menus sometimes when you just press and hold, if it doesn't do anything, then there's no menu :-D. Happy Droiding.
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I tried the touch and hold, but the only options that I see are "Open" and "Delete". (Note: this is in the Trash folder of my Email). No "Add" option.
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you could go to the mobile web page on the browser and try to move it if you don't see the option in the app
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Oh, seems like a difference between gMail app and Email app, I can do that in gMail. I don't have any accounts in the Email app, sorry I couldn't help.
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Just got the Droid and realized I can't undelete email. That is sooo lame
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I know this is late, but it still may be helpful to others. If you download the Yahoo! Mail application from the market, you can move the email from trash to inbox. These changes will then reflect in the native email app. Thanks to Howie for the idea of accessing the account in a different way.
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Thanks for the Yahoo Mail application, but I have this problem with a non-Yahoo email (not a Gmail account, either). I have the same issue as what rfj17 originally posted.

Specifically, I have a Motorola A855 Droid with Android version 2.2.1, build FRG83D. When I accidentally delete, I cannot move the email out of the trash folder. Additionally, the email is useless, beyond the ability to just reading it. I cannot reply, reply all, or forward, because all those options are disabled or grayed out. If I press and hold, the options are just limited to open or delete.

Does anyone have a solution, yet?
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Very lame Android! I've lost a couple emails this way before the help on this page. After reading stad's suggestion, I went to laptop and opened my web based account on yahoo instead. It was there in the trash and was able move to inbox. I imagine you can do the same with other non yahoo accounts.
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I accidentally deleted an email I wanted, but couldn't figure out how to "undelete" it. I can see if in the Trash folder, but don't see any menu options to move it back to the Inbox.

I was able to open the message and Forward it to myself, but that seemed overly difficult. Is there any easier way to undo the delete?
This is very lame!

For all those writing about GMail or Yahoo solutions... don't bother. This ís a regular e-mail (like POP3) problem.

I can see it too. If an e-mail has been deleted it is not possible to undelete it. Neither in the choices available when pressing the deleted e-mail or when entering the e-mail (now in the Trash folder).

It should be a natural choice to be able to undelete an e-mail and it is incredible that it doesn't exist in the Android e-mail application.

Note that when e-mails are moved to the Trash folder they are moved locally BUT deleted from your Inbox on the e-mail server. So it isn't possible to log in to a webmail portal and moved them there... that isn't very smart

I am running Cyanogenmod 7.2 (Android 2.3.7) but tested it also on Android 2.3.3
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I accidentally deleted an email I wanted, but couldn't figure out how to "undelete" it. I can see if in the Trash folder, but don't see any menu options to move it back to the Inbox.
I was able to open the message and Forward it to myself, but that seemed overly difficult. Is there any easier way to undo the delete?
With Android 2.3.4 they have failed to provide this basic undelete convenience. Very bad usability.

There is no way to forward the email from the Trash. I don't know where you see that. You can only further delete it, to totally disappear.

It is totally inconsiderate of the fact that the "Discard" button is right next to "Save as Draft" and you have to reach OVER the Discard button with your thumb (not a precision instrument) to Save. Especially if you are typing on a moving train or plane. This is idiocy of the highest order, and only asking for trouble for the user.

Then to have the Discarded email in the Trash irretrievably is very inconsiderate and bad usability on the part of Android.

Also I learned the hard way that you better Save As Draft quick, and every few minutes...or pressing the back to menu button during composing will LOSE YOUR ENTIRE EMAIL if it has not been saved, with NO WARNING, and it will NOT show up in the Trash. It's GONE!

So I was composing an important email for about 1 hour, Saving as a Draft along the way for safety. When it was almost done, I intended to Save again, but accidentally pressed the Discard button closer to my thumb.

I tried stretching the brackets for copy and paste over the email in the Trash, but they would only extend to a maximum of 1 paragraph.

Finally, I had to open the email sitting in the Trash, read, and RETYPE the whole email on my laptop. "Thanks a lot" Android! You make me wish I had stayed with my Blackberry!

For Usability in 2012, either provide a confirmation (Are you sure? Y/N) before major deletions, or allow the user to retrieve from the Trash can. Either one. But Android has failed to do either with the latest 2.3.4 version. I hope Andoid fixes this glaring omission in the next version, not too much to ask.
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