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I realized recently 1000s of my emails went missing.I cannot find any emails from let’s say 2010 0 Recommended Answers 1 Reply 0 Upvotes
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1000s of emails went missing.Can’t find old emails.
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The first concern when messages are missing is that the account was compromised and contents deleted.  Other possibilities include:
* Issues with the Apple iOS app or OS-X upgrades with Apple Mail.
* Forwarding, filters, or access using POP/IMAP any of which could be deleting messages.
* Messages can also be deleted from other web-sites/tools/utilities through Authorizing applications & sites.
* Confusion on the difference between labels and folders when doing account cleanup.
* Using a view other than "classic" in Settings->Inbox can sometimes result in messages being hidden.
* In a G Suite account it could a misconfigured retention policy:  https://support.google.com/a/answer/151128

Have you looked in the “All Mail”, “Trash” (or Bin, but not [imap]/Trash or other names), and “Spam” labels for the missing information?  Have you used the Search Mail function (with the term “in:anywhere”) to try and find them?

If the account was compromised, the first step is to change your password and verify all your other security and account settings (see http://gmailaccountrecovery.blogspot.com/#security  (When you reclaim Your Account)).   In addition, a request for recovery of the deleted messages can be made here:  https://support.google.com/mail/troubleshooter/4530113    (use "We can help find your missing emails and secure your account" found under "Most of my emails are missing")

Unexpected message loss is why some people do their own backups of their Gmail accounts.  That way they can recover their information if something happens.  http://gmail-tips.blogspot.com/2012/01/gmail-backup.html 

For more information see:
Try to find missing messages:  https://support.google.com/mail/troubleshooter/4530113 
Recovering deleted messages:  https://support.google.com/mail/answer/7401  
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