How To Stop Gmail From Deleting Emails

Have you ever found important emails missing from your Gmail account? Or noticed that some of your emails are automatically being deleted? If so, then this blog post is for you. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can easily stop Gmail from deleting your emails.

Understanding why Gmail Deletes Emails

Before we get into the solution, it’s important to understand why Gmail deletes emails in the first place. The most common reason is that your email storage is full. Gmail offers 15GB of free storage which is shared across Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Photos. When this limit is reached, Gmail starts to delete older emails to make space for new ones.

If your storage is not full and emails are still being deleted, it could be due to your email settings. Gmail has certain filters and settings that, when activated, can either archive or delete your emails.

How to Stop Gmail from Deleting your Emails

Here are simple steps to stop Gmail from deleting your emails:

Step 1: Check your Gmail storage

The first step is to make sure your Gmail storage is not full. You can check your storage by going to Google Drive and looking at the bottom left of the screen. If you’re close to running out of space, consider deleting unnecessary files or upgrading your storage.

Step 2: Check your Email Settings

The next step is to check your Gmail settings. Follow the steps below:

  • Go to your Gmail account and click on the gear icon at the top right corner of the screen.
  • Then click on See all settings.
  • Next, click on the Filters and Blocked Addresses tab.
  • If there are any filters that delete emails, you will see them here. You can delete these filters to stop Gmail from deleting your emails.

    function checkForDeleteFilter() {
        var filters = GmailApp.getUserSettings().getFilters();
        for (var i = 0; i < filters.length; i++) {
            if (filters[i].getFrom() === "delete") {

Step 3: Check your Spam and Trash Settings

Lastly, check your trash and spam settings. Gmail automatically deletes emails in your spam folder after 30 days and in your trash after 60 days. If you don’t want emails in these folders to be deleted, you need to move them to your inbox or another folder.


By following these steps, you should be able to stop Gmail from deleting your emails. However, keep in mind that managing your email effectively will ensure you never lose important emails. Regularly cleaning your inbox, archiving old emails, and deleting unnecessary emails can help you manage your storage better.