There seems to be a problem with Windows Mobile 5 and 6 where you sometimes lose your email account. Maybe lose is the wrong word because it is still there but you just are not able to access it. You know because when you try to create a new email account with the same mailbox, the application tells you that there is already an account with that same name and you need to choose something else.
I am not really sure what causes the problem, some say it’s when you reset your phone too fast or you remove the battery but I have not done that for a while now and just recently, my email accounts were gone again. Initially, I would just choose a different name. I used to call my Gmail Account Gmail, then it was Gmail1 then Gmail2. After a while, this solution just didn’t work for me and I decided to look for an alternative. And the good news is that, I found it.
For those who can’t wait any longer, here is the file:
The file is in a RAR archive so you will need to download it to your PC and then extract and copy the EXE file inside to your Pocket PC. Or if you already have Pocket RAR on your Pocket PC, you can download it directly and you know the rest.
How To Use It
It’s really straightforward and it couldn’t be simpler. When you launch the program, you are greeted with this screen:
The steps are numbered so you really can’t go wrong. First you select the mail account you want to restore from the drop down value. All your mail accounts, whether they are hidden or visible will be seen so don’t be surprised to see all your accounts there.
Next step, 2, is where you fill up the account details. You can choose to skip this step and enter the details later in your messaging application if you want to or you can fill it up here. The choice is yours. I decide to leave it blank for now.
Tip: If you enter the settings this time around, the settings will be saved so the next time when you do a restoration, you don’t have to enter it again.
Once you have completed (or skip) step 2, you just tap the button that says 3 - Repair. It will do it’s magic and you will see the words Account successfully repaired like in the screen below. That’s when you know it’s all good.
Go into your messaging application and you should now see the hidden/missing account show up. Proceed to delete (as I have due to the many names for the same email accounts) or use it as you normally would.
If your mailboxes are always going missing, you can set it to auto-repair as well after a soft-reset. This way, your mailboxes would always be there with the settings (if you entered them the first time you repaired them).
Source: Thanks to Nicolas Mauri for creating the application.
Do you have any other ways to recover lost mailboxes or prevent the problem from happening?