How to recover mail with Time Machine on MacOS?

by Ugnius Kiguolis - -


Issue: How to recover mail with Time Machine on MacOS?

I have recently deleted all emails from the mailbox to make some free space on my computer. Unfortunately, I have also get rid of essential documents from my mail, so I need them ASAP. Is there a way how I could recover mail folder on MacOS?

Solved Answer

Recover mailbox with time machine

Many readers have asked us how to recover mail folder on MacOS. Fortunately, if you have deleted it or some potentially unwanted program (PUP)[1] has compromised the data, you can retrieve it with Time Machine. 

Time Machine[2] is an inbuilt feature on Mac which allows the users to travel back in time. Luckily, this feature is free of charge and backups apps, data and other essential information every 24 hours. Also, you can alter the parameters to fit your needs. 

Users can do the following with the help of Time Machine software:

  • Retrieve older versions of files and applications;
  • Recover the whole system from the backup;
  • Get back missing files that have been deleted or corrupted.

Therefore, if you want to recover mail folder, we recommend using Time Machine. It is a helpful tool that can quickly help you get back access to valuable information. Although, if your computer is infected, there is a substantial risk that this feature won't be effective.

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Keep in mind that if you are using Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP)[3], you can try an alternative way to recover mail. First, go to Mail and select Mailbox. Then click Synchronize and hit Mail Account Name. This should restore your messages that have been deleted or corrupted. 

Additionally, if your computer is infected, you won't be able to use Time Machine. In this case, you must clean your Mac first. For that we recommend using MacOS version of Reimage. This is a helpful tool which will also help you recover from malware attacks.

Mail recovery with Time Machine:

  1. Open System Preferences and click on Time Machine icon;
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  2. Enter the Time Machine mode;
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  3. Search for the Home directory;
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  4. Double-click on Library and Mail folders;
  5. Open the folder starting with the letter V and check if it has the most recent modification date;
  6. Check the folders with long hexadecimal strings and find the one which has the mailbox you need;
  7. Restore the document with the name of the deleted/corrupted mailbox on the desktop;
  8. Exit Time Machine and open Mail;
  9. Go to File and Select Import Mailboxes;
  10. Hit Apple Mail and click continue;
  11. Select the folder you have restored on the desktop and click Choose;
  12. The recovered mailbox will appear at the bottom. 

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Recover your lost files quickly

Unforeseen circumstances can happen at any time while using the computer: it can turn off due to a power cut, a Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) can occur, or random Windows updates can decide to reboot the machine when you went away for a few minutes. As a result, your schoolwork, important documents, and other data might be lost.

Additionally, you might also be attacked by malware that can corrupt your Windows or encrypt files with a robust encryption algorithm, and ask for a ransom in Bitcoin for the decryption tool. Cybercriminals might not deliver what they promised, however, so it is better to attempt alternative file recovery methods that could help you to retrieve at least some portion of the lost data.

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Ugnius Kiguolis
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Ugnius Kiguolis is the founder and editor-in-chief of UGetFix. He is a professional security specialist and malware analyst who has been working in IT industry for over 20 years.

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