How to Recover a Deleted Spam Folder

By Contributor

Updated May 07, 2020

If you use Outlook to organize your email, you may encounter instances where you might unintentionally delete the Junk folder. If this happens, you can easily move the folder back into place. Email servers, such as Gmail, Hotmail, and Yahoo! Mail, all include the Spam folder as one of several default folders. If you use one of these servers, rest assured that there really is no way to delete the Spam or Junk folder, even accidentally.

Click on the "Deleted Items" folder after logging into your Outlook account. You should see your recently deleted item (in this case, the Junk folder).

Deleted items in Outlook.

Hover over the deleted folder and select "Move" from the pop-up window to the right.

Moving folder in Outlook.

Choose which folder you want to move the deleted folder to and hit "Move."

Moving folder in Outlook.

Tips

As the Spam or Junk folders are usually one of the default folders, this particular folder itself cannot be renamed.

Also, if you have deleted individual email messages from your Spam folder that you decided were not spam, you can easily move those messages back into your Inbox.

In Yahoo! mail, drag the message back into your Inbox.

In Hotmail, checkmark the message, pull down the “Move to” toolbar and select “Inbox.”

In Gmail, checkmark the message and click on the “Move to Inbox” button. These tasks will be not work, however, if you have already emptied the Trash folder; when this happens, any messages emptied from the Trash folder is deleted forever.

Warnings

Sometimes, messages that are not necessarily “junk” automatically land in your Spam or Junk mail folder. Before emptying the folder, you may want to occasionally sift through the messages in case important messages have been deleted.

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