How to Recover a Deleted Mail Account on Mac


An accidental removal of your mail account in Apple Mail doesn't necessarily mean all of your messages are permanently erased. Apple retains your inbox and outbox mail on a server, which can be recovered by a few points and clicks. In extreme cases, you can use a data recovery program to restore your deleted email account. Data restoration software can be downloaded online or purchased at software retail stores.

Things You'll Need

  • Data restoration software

Using Apple Mail

  • Open Apple Mail. Click the "Mail" icon on your dock. Click "Mail" at the top of the menu, and select "Preferences" from the drop-down menu.

  • Click the "Accounts" tab at the top of the window, and click the "+" button located in the lower-left corner.

  • Enter your name, email address and password. Click the "Create" button. Click the red button in the upper-left corner and click the "Save" button on the dialog box. Click "Get Mail."

Using Data Recovery Software

  • Download Data Rescue. Click the "Downloads" button at, and click the "Demo" button next to "Data Rescue 3."

  • Drag the "Data Rescue 3" icon to your "Applications" folder to install the software. Open your "Applications" folder and double-click the "Data Rescue 3" icon to run the application.

  • Click the "Demo" button to bypass the registration screen, and type your system administrator password to verify authorization. Click the "OK" button, and click "Select Drive/Volume" to begin. Click your hard drive icon, and click the "Next" button.

  • Click the "Deleted Files Scan" icon, and click "Start." Select a backup drive to use while Data Rescue scans your hard drive, and click "Choose." Wait for the scan to complete, and check the box next to "Mail" to recover your account. Click the "Recover" button.

Tips & Warnings

  • Data Rescue 3 will only recover up to 10MB of data until you purchase a registration license.

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