How to Unarchive Gmail

By Andrew Meer

While Gmail’s Archive feature enables you to preserve unimportant email messages without having to delete them, the lack of a separate folder for archived mail makes it confusing to find the messages that you want to retrieve. You can, however, enable Gmail’s All Mail view to gain access to your archived email, after which you can unarchive any messages that you may want to get back in your inbox.

Step 1

Sign in to your Gmail account.

Step 2

Expand the “More” side-tab, and then select “All Mail” to activate All Mail view. In All Mail view, you can see both the email messages in your inbox and those that are archived. Email messages already in your inbox have the “Inbox” tag next to the subject line, thus allowing you to instantly determine archived messages from those that aren't.

Step 3

Right-click the archived email message that you want to unarchive.

Click “Move to Inbox” on the context menu to unarchive the email message.

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