How do you retrieve a gmail draft that was deleted?
January 25, 2013 1:55 PM   Subscribe

I deleted a gmail draft that I didn't mean to. Is there a way to get it back? Thanks.
posted by mlle valentine to Computers & Internet (11 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
Check your Trash label/folder?
posted by KokuRyu at 1:59 PM on January 25, 2013


Do you have any computers connecting to Gmail with Outlook or Thunderbird or the like? Any mobile devices connected to the account? You could try opening the drafts folder from the mail program while the device is offline so it doesn't update, and this might let you see a cached copy.
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug at 1:59 PM on January 25, 2013 [2 favorites]


It is not in the trash folder unfortunately.
I am a complete smartphone noob (only have one through work) and am not sure how to make it go offline (it is connected to a 3G network).
posted by mlle valentine at 2:01 PM on January 25, 2013


not sure how to make it go offline (it is connected to a 3G network).

The simplest way is to turn on airplane mode.

But if you have your phone synching regularly--and you probably do--it might already be gone.
posted by ethidda at 2:03 PM on January 25, 2013


You're probably SOL. Sorry!
posted by Burhanistan at 2:05 PM on January 25, 2013


Sure looks like it.
If anyone has any other ideas, please let me know, as this is (stupidly) a list I have been keeping for a long time and it is extremely important to me.
posted by mlle valentine at 2:10 PM on January 25, 2013


Yep, it's gone, and unfortunately due to the way docs works, you can't recover it from your browser cache.

Back important things up, even if they live in the cloud.
posted by bfranklin at 2:18 PM on January 25, 2013


2nding non-steroidal - are you using Apple Mail, Thunderbird, Outlook? Turn off your internet connection and look in the drafts folder.

And as ethidda said - put your phone in airplane mode RIGHT NOW. and then check the drafts folder.

I'm sorry, this sucks.
posted by amaire at 3:09 PM on January 25, 2013


Yes, I know I should back them up. I had in fact backed this document up in the past but not recently enough for my liking. Please assume that I already feel like an idiot about that and you don't need to tell me.

Thank you, everyone, for your help.
posted by mlle valentine at 3:25 PM on January 25, 2013


Too late for this time, unfortunately, but as someone who does this a lot, let me recommend the Lazarus plugin. It automatically saves the data in forms even if you close them - not sure if it would work on drafts, but I think it might.
posted by eponym at 4:43 PM on January 25, 2013


As y'all could tell, the resolution of this is that I can't get back my document and I feel pretty dumb. Whoops. Thank you for the answers!
posted by mlle valentine at 1:23 PM on February 25, 2013


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