What is the difference between deleting and archiving email messages? When should I delete and when should I archive?

If you either delete or archive a message, it’s removed from your inbox.

If you delete a message, it’s placed in the Trash and then permanently removed from your Google Apps account after 30 days.

On the other hand, if you archive a message, it’s moved to All Mail (your archive), where you can easily find it in the future, using Google’s powerful search feature.

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