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Email Inactivity Policy FAQ
Email Inactivity Policy FAQ
  • Article ID: 38618
  • Last modified date: August 2, 2018 18:08

EarthLink Email Inactivity Policy

As of 12/13/2005, EarthLink introduced the Email Inactivity Policy for EarthLink email subscribers. It is designed to keep your inbox clutter free.

If you do not sign into your EarthLink WebMail or EarthLink MyAccount for 90 days, we will stop delivering new messages until you access your mailbox again.

Email Inactivity Policy
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
What does Earthlink send to customers who haven't used their Email in 90 days?

EarthLink will send you the following email when you don't use your Email in 90 days:

Dear EarthLink Subscriber, 

Our records indicate that you did not access this mailbox for 90 days. In order to keep your inbox clutter-free, we stopped delivering new messages on the date this email was sent. These messages were returned to the sender. Now that you've used this mailbox, you'll start receiving messages again. To ensure that you receive email without interruption, please make sure to use this mailbox at least once every 90 days. 

For more information about this policy, please visit: 

If you have questions, you can trade real-time messages with a friendly Live Chat representative: 

Sincerely, EarthLink Support 

This is an Administrative Message from EarthLink. It is not spam. From time to time, EarthLink will send you such messages in order to communicate important information about your subscription. 


What happens once a mailbox has become inactive?
  1. We will email you to let you know that your mailbox has become inactive.
  2. We will no longer deliver new email messages to your mailbox
  3. When someone emails you, the mail server will send an auto response to the ISP sending the email with the following message: 550 Due to extended inactivity new mail is not currently being accepted for this mailbox.
  4. The sender's ISP may or may not forward the "not delivered" message to the sender.
I will not be accessing my email for more than 90 days and do not want my mailbox to become inactive. Is there anything I can do?
  1. Activating your vacation or away message will keep your mailbox active. 
  2. Forwarding your Earthlink email address will keep your mailbox active


If my mailbox becomes inactive, how do I reactivate it?

Simply check your EarthLink email, or sign in to EarthLink Web Mail or MyAccount.

Can the messages that were sent to my inactive mailbox be recovered?

No. Any email sent to your mailbox after it becomes inactive is not delivered to you and cannot be recovered by EarthLink.

What happens to my existing messages once my mailbox becomes inactive?

Nothing. The existing messages will not be deleted.

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