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Recovering Deleted Emails in Hotmail

Last Updated: 30th August 2021

When using Hotmail web browser (or Outlook, for those with a Hotmail account), you might accidentally delete important messages. Or it could be that you deleted a Hotmail message intentionally, only to realize later on that you needed that specific email.

Due to these unavoidable circumstances, it is crucial that you learn how to recover deleted emails in Hotmail. Fortunately, the process of recovering deleted emails is not a complicated one. There are two different ways of restoring deleted emails:

  1. From deleted items
  2. Using file recovery software

Recovering Deleted Emails from Deleted Items

Usually, when an email is deleted in Hotmail, it is not permanently erased immediately. Rather, the email is simply stored in the 'Deleted' folder for a while, after which they are deleted within 14 to 30 days.

From this folder, you can quickly and easily restore your email by following these steps:

  1. In Outlook, enter your email address credentials and sign into your account.
  2. At the top left side, you should see a 'Deleted Items' button. Click on this button, then choose the 'Recover Deleted Items' option that appears.
  3. Select all the emails you wish to restore. If there are many emails and files here, type the specific keywords in the search bar to look for your intended emails.
  4. After selecting all your emails, click on the 'Recover' and 'OK' buttons. Your deleted emails will then be restored to your Hotmail inbox.

Recovering Deleted Emails Using File Recovery Software

File recovery software are used to restore emails that have been permanently deleted (or emails that are no longer in the 'Trash' or 'Deleted Items' folder. The software recovers these lost emails by restoring them from their local .ost or .pst files.

One of the most recommended software is the EaseUS Email Recovery Wizard. This software allows users to recover all their lost emails, attachments, appointments, contacts and notes. To restore deleted files using this program:

  1. Download the software and launch onto your Windows system.
  2. Choose the 'Repair PST File/Recover Deleted Email’ option then click on the 'Next' button.
  3. Press the 'Select source file' to choose the Outlook.PST file. Then, select all the source PST files you wish to recover and scan these. After the scanning process, all your lost emails will be restored in your inbox.
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