How to Search by Date in Gmail App

Author: Iqbal | Guide: Gmail |

Gmail has a variety of tools that help you categorize your mails and search for specific emails according to the available data parameters. You can find all the mails you've received on a certain date by searching for that date. There is another option that lets you search the mails received between two dates. Use the advanced search option to see within how many weeks/days/months you want your search to be limited to. Although, there isn't any way to search for a particular date, you can limit your search within a date range. Here's a step-to-step guide to use Gmail search by date.

How to filter Email by Date

Steps to use Search by date in Gmail App

Step 1- Open Gmail: Tap on the Gmail app or search for the official website of Gmail on web and log into your account. The Gmail app has an icon of a letter shaped "M."

  • This letter consists of all Gmail's basic color schemes such as red, blue, yellow and green.
  • Scroll the main menu or app menu of your device to locate the Gmail app.
  • Make sure you're logged into your account.
  • Tap your login id and password to log in if you haven't already.

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Step 2- Tap on search emails: You will see the home page of your inbox after logging into your account. At the  top of the page, you will see a magnifying glass icon on a search bar that says "search in emails." Tap on it to start searching for your mail.

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Step 3- Enter the date on which you want to search for emails: You can search for emails before or after a certain date by typing in the format before:YYYY/MM/DD or after:YYYY/MM/DD or before:YYYY/MM/DD after:YYYY/MM/DD.

  • You don't have to necessarily remember any date. For example, after:2021/12/02 will show a list of mails that were sent after December 2nd, 2021 to present.
  • You can also type in something like newer_than:4m or older_than:8d  or older_than:16d newer_than:1y. For example, when you type down newer_than:4m, a list of mails sent less than four months ago will appear on the screen.
  • Here, the letters m, d and y represent number of months, days and years respectively. After that, you can also add other advanced search items.

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Step 4- All the emails of given date will appear: The emails will open up according to the command you've made in the search bar. Then, you only have to scroll through the emails that appear in your inbox. And you will find the one that you were looking for.

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The above-mentioned step-to-step guide allows one to make a Gmail search by date using different formats. If you want to read similar articles, you can read our articles on filtering emails and making a group in Gmail.


  1. The "after" parameter searches all emails sent after a specific date. While the "before" parameter searches all emails sent before a specific date.


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