How to Empty the Trash in Yahoo Mail

Purge deleted emails in the web and mobile versions of Yahoo Mail

Yahoo! Mail Basic Screenshot

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.

  1. In the folders list, hover the mouse cursor over theTrash folder.

    Trash link in Yahoo Mail
  2. Select the trashcan icon that appears.

    Trashcan icon in Yahoo Mail
  3. 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.

    OK button in Yahoo Mail Empty the Trash folder dialog
  4. 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.

Empty Trash link in Yahoo Mail Basic

How to Empty the Trash in the Yahoo Mail App

To empty the trash in the mobile app:

  1. Select the hamburger menu (the three stacked lines) in the upper-left corner.

    Hamburger menu in Yahoo Mail Android app
  2. Select the trashcan icon next to the Trash folder.

    Trashcan icon in Yahoo Mail app
  3. In the confirmation dialog box, select OK.

    OK button in Yahoo Mail app
  4. 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:

  1. Go to the Yahoo Mail Restore Help Form and select Recover lost or deleted emails.

    Recover lost or deleted emails button in Yahoo Mail on the web
  2. 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.