How to Recover Permanently Deleted Emails on Mac from Apple Mail


May 06th, 2019 09:00 / Posted by Lisa Ou

Apple Mail is the free built-in email client or macOS X 10.0 and later users. You can send and receive emails from different email service providers, such as iCloud, Gmail, Outlook, Exchange, Yahoo!, AOL Mail, etc. The main advantage of using Apple Mail is that you can save emails to your Mac computer for a backup.

It is still possible to recover deleted mails on Mac. You can take measures to get important messages back to your computer in 3 different methods here.

Just read and take measures to recover permanently deleted emails on Mac from Apple Mail with or without backup.

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1. How to Send and Receive Apple Mail on Mac

Firstly, you need to add your email account to Apple Mail. Once the email account set up process ends, you can compose, forward and reply to any email on Mac with ease.

Add an email account to Apple Mail

Choose Add Account from the Mail list. Select the type of email account you want to add. You may be required to complete the authentication in Safari if necessary.

add email account to apple mail

Write a new message with Apple Mail

Unfold File on the top. Choose New Message from its drop-down list. Type your name, email address, or group name in the To field. Enter the subject and email content. You can add attachments, emoji and other symbols. Later, click Send to send an email on Mac.

send an email

Receive and reply to your email

Head to Inbox in the left pane of Apple Mail. You can see a blue dot before your newly received email. You can click this email to preview in the right side of Apple Mail directly. Moreover, you can click Reply to reply that email too.

receive an email

2. How to Save Apple Mail on Mac

This method is useful when you need to recover deleted emails on Mac. you can save emails from Mac Mail to hard drive manually. In other words, you can export mailbox to save Apple mails on Mac.

Select multiple mailboxes within Apple Mail.

Choose Mailbox followed by Export Mailbox.

Create a new folder.

Click Choose and save emails in Apple Mail as .mbox packages.

save an email

3. How to Recover Apple Mail on Mac

Instead of saving emails in the cloud email providers, you can get more ways to recover deleted emails from Apple Mail. If you want to recover a recently deleted email on Mac, you can choose Show Deleted Messages inside Apple Mail.

As for permanently deleted email recovery, you had better use the ultimate Mac mail recovery software or Time Machine backup to solve the problem. This is also what this article mainly talks about.

Method 1: Recover Permanently Deleted Emails with Time Machine Backup

Connect the backup disk to Mac with a lightning USB cable.

Choose the first option in the Migration Assistant.

Click Continue to complete the transfer process.

Restart your computer and follow the on-screen wizard to get the recovered emails on Mac.

migration assistant

Method 2: Recover Permanently Deleted Emails with Mail Recovery Software

FoneLab Data Retriever is the most direct tool for Mac mail recovery. You can recover deleted emails on Mac from virus attack, formatted partition and other crashed problems. Be aware that Mac Data Retriever can only recover files that had been saved to Mac before.

Thus, you can recover Apple Mail on Mac instead of other email clients in the cloud.

  1. Recover deleted emails on Mac, including PST, DBX, EMLX, etc.
  2. Recover emails from Mac due to mistaken deletion, formatting, emptied Trash Bin, hard drive corruption, reinstallation, virus attack, Mac OS X upgrade and more.
  3. Offer Quick Scan and Deep Scan modes for finding deleted emails.
  4. Guarantee not to store, modify or overwrite your Mac data.
  5. You can also use it to recover hidden files on Mac.

Launch Mac data recovery software. Click Start under Mac Data Recovery to prepare for email recovery.

launch mac recovery

Select Email as the file type you want to recover. Then set the hard disk drive that contains your deleted emails.

select email location

Click Scan to scan for deleted emails on Mac with the Quick Scan Mode. Sooner, you can see all recoverable emails in categories.

scan email on mac

Open one email folder to see the deleted and existing emails. Select the email you want to recover freely. You can see the name, file size, path, created and modified date. At last, click Recover to recover deleted emails on Mac.

recover email on mac

You can also use the built-in search engine to find the certain email quickly. Well, if you want to get the high success rate to recover permanently deleted emails on Mac, you had better install the Mac email recovery software to other partitions in case of data overwritten.

Now you can get the deleted email text, sender, subject, recipient, attachment and other messages back with ease.

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