How do I get archived mail back to my inbox.

What Is Archived Email?

Out of all the email applications that an individual can use, Gmail is one of the popular options. Gmail is a free web-based email services offered by Google. Through Gmail, you can not only send and receive emails, you also have the ability to store messages as well as search for specific messages. With Gmail, successive messages that are related to each other will be automatically organized into one conversational thread.

Part 1: How to Recover Archived Email with Gmail website

  1. You first have to log into your account in the Gmail website.
  2. Once you are logged in, you will have to search for the archived message through the search box located at the top of the page. The archived messages can still appear in the search result if you use the proper keywords. The best way to use the search result is to input any of the following information: sender, part of the body of the email, subject, or any other parts of the email.
  3. You can look through the labels as well. There are messages that were archived but were tagged with a label beforehand. Even if you have accidentally archived the message, this message will still appear under the label by which it was tagged. To find the labels, you can go to the left-side tab on the page and look through the available labels.
  4. If the label you are looking for is not easily seen in the left-side tab, then you have to click on the MORE option in the menu. Once you click on MORE, you will see the option ALL MAIL. This option, once chosen, will allow you to view all of the messages in the account. It does not matter if the messages are labeled or not. In addition, it does not matter if the messages are archived or not as well. Note: To determine whether a message is archived or not, there should be no label attached to it.


Gmail doesn’t have folders.  All your messages are saved in All Mail.  Everything else (Inbox, Sent Mail, Starred, labels, etc) are just “views” into a sub-set of the messages in All Mail.  And since there’s only one copy of any message, if you delete it from any label, you’re deleting the only copy, so it’s gone from all of them.  If you delete a label you remove that “view”, but the messages are still in All Mail.

When you Archive a message, the only thing that does is remove the Inbox label from the message.  The original message is still in All Mail along with all your other messages, and you can apply labels to them to make them easier to find later.  Remember that Archive is an action, not a location.

See Settings->Labels for creating new labels and setting which ones are visible/hidden.

Labels actually provide a super-set of functionality compared to traditional folders.  You can do everything you can with folders, and a number of things that folder do not support.  The main difference is that there are not multiple copies of messages when multiple labels are applied so (as described above) deleting a message from one label deletes the only copy so it’s deleted from all labels.