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Gmail for iOS bug may have caused users to accidentally remove messages

Google on Wednesday began notifying some users of Gmail's first-party iOS app that they may have inadvertently removed messages they intended to keep thanks to a now-rectified software error.

Users' actions —  such as deleting a message or marking a message as spam —  may have been applied to a message other than the one they were viewing, according to a notification displayed in the Gmail iOS app and reported by The Verge. The bug was active between Jan. 15 and Jan. 22.

The issue could have also impacted those who used mobile browsers or the offline version of Gmail during that time, Google says.

Google is prompting those who may have been affected to review their Gmail trash and spam folders before Feb. 14 to ensure no accidentally-moved messages are lost. Gmail's standard retention policy for messages in those folders is 30 days.