Gmail emails deleted?
September 14, 2013 10:07 PM Subscribe
Why do some of my emails in my Gmail account no longer exist?
posted by lewedswiver to technology (13 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I've used Gmail since pretty much its beginning; you needed an invitation to use it when I began. The big selling point (at the time and presumably still now) was that Google would give you an unthinkably-large amount of data storage, so that instead of deleting emails you could archive them and keep them forever.
Because of that selling point, I made a point of never deleting emails, only archiving them, and indeed Google's strong search capacity made this useful.
However, I've recently noticed that many of my old emails are gone. If I click on All Mail and re-order the emails so that the Oldest appear first, I see that I have three emails from 2006, two from 2007, and nothing before -- even though I used it regularly during those years. Similarly, if I search for specific emails (say, by looking for all the emails from a specific person with whom I know I traded many emails), there are many emails missing.
What happened? A friend of mine claims that it is indeed true that Google deletes certain emails, and she has noticed the same with her own Gmail. Is this the case? Why am I missing many emails?