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Detailed Guide On How To Search Gmail By Date

Gmail is a powerful facilitator of electronic mails. It offers us several features that make things more convenient for us. But the one major drawback of such easy communication is that anyone can send you anything. As a result, you get hundreds of unwanted emails every day. When this happens, it becomes tough to keep track of important emails. 

Gmail provides a solution to this problem as well. We now have the option to search for Gmail by date. Not only that, this function has many sub-forms that can help us narrow down our search results further.

Search Gmail By Date

Things to Know about Gmail’s Search By-Date feature:

Before we get on to the technical aspects of the search Gmail by date feature, we should acquaint ourselves with some basic facts.

  • Gmail’s filter has many search operators that can help you find a particular mail from among thousands or more.
  • Apart from date searching, Gmail provides options to users to search by size, state, attachment, folder, people, and content.
  • These search operators are straightforward to use and prove to be very efficient when filtering through many junk mails. 
  • Unfortunately, it becomes very complex to use all these search operators to single down on a specific mail. 

Guide to Search Gmail by Date:

Gmail’s search by date operator helps one find individual mails that they are looking for. If you remember the particular time, day, date, or even a rough time-frame of the day you received the mail, then you should be able to find it without any problem.

How to: These search operators are more or less commands. You need to enter these commands on the search bar located on top of Gmail’s dashboard. All you have to do is enter the relevant command/text-line, press enter, and let Gmail do the searching. In a short while, you will receive a list of results.

Command to Locate Mails Before or After a Date:

To locate mails that you have received before a specific date, you need to type ‘Before YYYY/MM/DD’ on the search box and hit Enter

For example, if you wish to find mails before 9th December 2020, type ‘before 2020/12/09′ and hit enter.

After a specific date, for finding mails, follow the same procedure with the command ‘After YYYY/MM/DD’ in the search box and hit enter.

Search Gmail By Date

Locating Mails Between Two Dates:

If you wish to find an email that you know you received between two dates, you need to enter “After YYYY/MM/DD Before YYYY/MM/DD” in the search bar.

For example, “After 2020/12/03 Before 2020/12/09” will show all the emails between 3rd and 9th December 2020.

Commands to Locate Mails Older or Newer than Certain Period:

Here are some important Gmail keywords:

  • Older_than: This looks for mails that are older than some specified time-frame.
  • Newer_than: This looks for mails that are newer than some specified time-frame.
  • D, M, Y are symbols that represent the day, month, and year respectively.


If you want to find an email that you received more than nine months ago, you need to type ‘older_than:9m’ in the search box.

In the same manner, type ‘newer_than:4y” if you want to find an email you received within the last four years.

Locating by Dates and Keywords:

You can add keywords from the mail into your search to narrow down the results. Suppose you received a mail between 9th and 12th December that had the keyword “payment” then you can type this:

“After 2020/12/09 Before 2020/12/12 payment.”

These were all the variations of Gmail’s powerful search by date feature.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Q1.) Where is the search bar located in Gmail? Ans.) The search bar is located on top of your screen. 

Q2.) Are the search operators like ‘Search Gmail by Date’ available on the mobile app? Ans.) Yes, search operators and commands work on web browsers and Gmail apps on both Android and iOS.

Q3.) Can we recover mails that we lost before a particular date? Ans.) Unfortunately, Gmail does not have the option of recovering emails that have been deleted by the user.

Q4.) How long does Gmail keep a deleted mail? Ans.) Even if you delete a mail, Gmail keeps a copy of it for 60 days. 

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