How to unarchive an email in Gmail
Step-by-step instructions to find archived emails and unarchive them in Gmail whether you're using a desktop browser or a mobile device.
It happens to the best of us. You try to log in to your email, only to be told your password is incorrect. You try again—same message. And then you remember that you changed your password last week. But what did you change it to?
At best, losing access to your Gmail account is inconvenient. At worst, it’s downright maddening. If you’ve lost access to your account, you’re not alone. This guide will walk you through the steps you can take to quickly recover your Gmail account and get to your inbox.
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Whether you’ve forgotten your password or username, you can typically recover your Gmail account in just a few minutes by following the right steps.
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It’s super common to need to recover your Gmail account. If you’ve never experienced it before, you likely know someone who has. You’ll be logged back in in no time.
“Recover” is Gmail-speak for “regain access.” If you’re attempting to log in to Gmail, but you’re not able to get to your inbox, it’s likely time to recover your account.
Any of the following scenarios could be what’s preventing you from accessing your Gmail.
This isn’t uncommon, so if this is you, don’t worry. If you haven’t accessed your account in a while, maybe manage several email addresses, or even recently created the account, it’s completely understandable to have forgotten your username.
Thanks to autofill, you may not remember your password, especially if it was recently changed. Secure passwords that include capitalization, numbers, and special characters may also be harder to remember.
Unfamiliar activity or unfamiliar devices logged into your account may be a sign that your Gmail has been hacked or compromised. In this case, Google encourages you to review your recent activity and help secure your hacked account. You can also take additional security steps to protect your account and related information.
If you no longer have access to the recovery email or phone number attached to your Google account, it may be difficult to access your Gmail, especially if you’ve also forgotten your password.
Maybe an important email was sent to your previously deleted account, or you’ve decided you want to use your old email address. If your account was deleted recently, you may be able to recover it.
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A few actions go a long way if you want a quick and easy recovery process.
Probably easier said than done, but this is very likely a temporary situation. You’ll have better success recovering your account when you have a clear head and aren’t in panic mode.
Wrong guesses won’t prevent you from continuing the account recovery process. If you don’t remember your current password, it can help to enter previous passwords. The more recent, the better.
If your account is through school, work, or another organization, your Google administrator may be able to help you recover your Gmail account. Reach out and see if they can reset your password for you.
Attempt to recover your account using a familiar device and the same browser you typically use. Park yourself in a location with a familiar network as well, like at work or home. These actions help confirm it’s really you, and not someone trying to log in to your account from seven time zones away.
You may be giving the correct answers to your security questions, just in the incorrect format. For example, you may have not added a space when you typed out your parent’s street name. Maybe you put your childhood best friend’s nickname instead of their legal name. Try different variations of the same response to see which one works.
If you need to reach out to Google for help, include as many details as you can about why you lost access to your account, whether you’re traveling, you think malware compromised your account, you recently changed your password and then forgot it, or another scenario. If your description matches the information Google has, they’ll be better equipped to help you.
Once you regain access, create a strong, unique password for your account, and store it somewhere secure that you’ll remember.
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With the right knowledge and a little bit of patience, you’ll be back in your inbox in no time.
Google doesn’t want to keep you from accessing your emails, it just wants to keep your account secure. If you’re still unable to recover your Gmail account after trying the steps outlined in this article, contact Google support. They offer live chat, phone support, and email support.