Do messages stay on server once recieved?

Discussion in '' started by Latest Questions, Oct 17, 2015.

  1. Latest Questions

    Latest Questions postmaster & search

    Dec 1, 2013
    Likes Received:
    Do messages stay on the server after I have received them?

  2. popowich

    popowich EQ Forum Admin Staff Member

    Aug 12, 2008
    Likes Received:
    It depends on the context a bit.

    If you are using IMAP and delete the email it might still be in the Trash folder until it expires or you manually delete from there.

    If you are using POP3 without "leave a copy of mail on the server" enabled then the email shouldn't be in your account anymore.

    Even after deleting all accessible traces of an email, it's likely there are still copies that are retrievable by an account restore or subpoena request to Microsoft.

    All of the above doesn't eliminate the possibility of the sender and their email service still having copies of the email too.

Want to reply or ask your own question?

It only takes a minute to sign up (and it's free!). Click the orange sign up button to choose a username and then you can ask your own questions on the forum.