How To Unarchive Gmail?

Want to access an important email you previously archived? This post shows How to unarchive Gmail messages from a web browser or through the Gmail app.

How To Unarchive Gmail

How To Unarchive Gmail?

Though Gmail’s archive feature lets you preserve or hide important emails from your Inbox, retrieving these emails later can be confusing due to the lack of a separate folder for archived mails. This post, however, explains how to retrieve any Gmail message from archives either on a computer or the Gmail app.

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Read on to learn how to unarchive Gmail messages from a web browser.

  1. Sign in to your Gmail account from a web browser.
  2. On the left-side tab, click “More”.
  3. Scroll down and select “All Mail.”
  4. Scroll down to locate the email you want to retrieve.
  5. Right-click the subject of the email and choose “Move to inbox.” This will instantly unarchive the email and send it to your inbox folder.

Alternate way:

If you’ve dozens of emails, scrolling past them to find a particular mail can be boring and time-consuming.  Follow these steps to speed up the process.

  1. Search for the subject of the archived email.
  2. Click and open the email.
  3. Hover over every icon (button) placed right above the email’s subject, and select the one that says: “Move to Inbox.” Usually, it’s the button that has a down arrow in it.

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If you’re using the Gmail app, either on your iPhone or Android device, follow the steps below.

  1. Open Gmail.
  2. On the top right corner, tap the three horizontal lines stacked on top of one another.
  3. Choose “All mail.”
  4. Scroll down to find the desired email.
  5. Long tap on the email.
  6. Tap the three dots and choose “Move to inbox.”

Tip: To quickly find the email, you can type the subject of the email into the search bar on the top right left of the app.



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Ahnaf Nihin is a senior content writer at Gametechia. He's having 10 years of experience in Technology and troubleshooting topics. Coming from a background in engineering, you will often see his writing stuff related to How To's, Android, and iOS.