Email, Messaging, & Video Calls Email How to Empty the Trash in Yahoo Mail Purge deleted emails in the web and mobile versions of Yahoo Mail by Heinz Tschabitscher Writer A former freelance contributor who has reviewed hundreds of email programs and services since 1997. our editorial process Heinz Tschabitscher Updated on January 24, 2020 Email Yahoo! Mail Gmail Tweet Share Email While old messages are removed from the Yahoo Mail trash periodically and automatically, emptying it manually is fairly straightforward. You can recover deleted messages if you act quickly. Information in this article applies to the web version of Yahoo Mail as well as the Yahoo Mail mobile app for Android and iOS. How to Permanently Delete Yahoo Mail Messages You can empty the Trash folder by permanently deleting messages in your Trash folder in the web version of Yahoo Mail. Permanently deleting email means that not only are messages removed from the Inbox but also the Trash folder. In the folders list, hover the mouse cursor over theTrash folder. Select the trashcan icon that appears. An Empty the Trash folder confirmation message appears asking if you are sure you want to permanently delete all email in Trash. In the confirmation dialog box, select OK. Your Trash folder is now empty. How to Empty the Trash in Yahoo Mail Basic To purge all mail from the Trash folder in Yahoo Mail Basic, select Empty next to Trash. Permanently deleting email means that not only are they removed from the Inbox but also the Trash folder. How to Empty the Trash in the Yahoo Mail App To empty the trash in the mobile app: Select the hamburger menu (the three stacked lines) in the upper-left corner. Select the trashcan icon next to the Trash folder. In the confirmation dialog box, select OK. Your Trash folder is now empty. How to Recover Mail After You've Emptied the Yahoo Mail Trash If you act quickly, you might be able to recover messages you deleted from your trash folder. Either download all the messages that came through your Yahoo Mail account, or forward them to a different email address either automatically or manually. You're not technically undeleting so much as you're racing against time before the Yahoo servers fully synchronize your deletions across all your devices. To recover an important message after it has been purged from the trash: Go to the Yahoo Mail Restore Help Form and select Recover lost or deleted emails. Enter your Yahoo ID or email address where prompted, then follow the on-screen instructions. Read more about how to permanently delete your Yahoo mail account. Yahoo can only recover some deleted messages, and only if the messages were purged within the last seven days.