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Introduction

You can search Gmail by date for emails sent during certain time period. You could also search Gmail by date for emails older than or newer than a time period.

This guide demonstrates how to search Gmail by different date options.

Gmail Search by Date: How to Search for Messages Sent During a Time Period

In Gmail, you can search for emails after or before a certain date. You can also search for emails older or newer than a specific date. If you even want messages between dates, you can search by combining after and before conditions.

The general search syntax is:

<Search_Condition>:YYYY/MM/DD

<Search_Condition> is after, before, older or newer.
YYYY/MM/DD: Is the date. YYYY is year, MM is month, DD is day.

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How to Search Gmail for Emails Before or After a Certain Date

To search for emails sent before January 10th, 2015:

  • On the search bar on top of your Gmail, enter the search term shown below. Then press Enter:
Before:2015/1/10

Here is the result in Gmail.

Search Gmail for Emails Before a date

To search for all emails sent after January 10, 2015, replace Before with After in the search bar. Then press Enter key.

After:2015/1/10 

The search will show only emails sent after 10th January 2015.

If you want to search for emails between January 1 to 31st January 2015, use this search term. Then press the Enter key.

After:2015/1/1 Before:2015/1/31 
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How to Search Gmail for Emails Before or After a Certain Date With Specific Word(s)

You can search Gmail before or after a date for specific words.

Here is the syntax:

<Search_Condition>:YYYY/MM/DD <words to search for>

In the syntax above, <words to search for> is the word you include into the search. As an example, to find emails sent after March 1 2016 but before May 30 2016 containing the phrase “holiday booking”, use the following:

After:2016/3/1 Before:2016/5/30 holiday booking 
search Gmails by date - search for a word or phrase by date
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Gmail Search by Date: How to Search for Messages Older or Newer Than a Time Period

You can also search Gmail by date older or newer than a period using d for day, m for month, or y for year.

The syntax for this search type is:

 <older_than>: | <newer_than>: <number>d | <number>m | <number>y

older_than searches for emails older than the specified days, month or years
newer_than finds emails newer than the days, month or years specified
number is a numeric value, eg 1, 2, 10
d, m, y specifies day, month or year

As an example, to search Gmail by date for emails older than 4 years, use this:

older_than:4y
In the last example, if you wish to search for emails older than 2 days, use 2d. To search for Gmail emails older than 5 months, use 5m.

In another example, you can search for emails containing specific words or phrases older than or newer than a specified date. Say, you want to find all emails with the word “payment” sent before 4 years ago, I will use this search criteria:

older_than:4y payment 

How to Combine “After” and “Before” With “Older_than” And “Newer_Than”

In the last section of this guide, I will demonstrate how you can search Gmail by date for emails sent after a certain date but older than a specified number of days, months or years.

As an example, if you want to find emails you received after 10th December, 2018 but newer than 2 months, use this search:

Conclusion

One of the things that make Gmail such a powerful free email is the inbuilt search capabilities. In this guide, I have shared various ways you can find emails using different search criteria. I hope you found it useful.

You can ask a question or leave a comment using the “Leave a Reply” form at the end of the page. You could also share your experience searching Gmail.

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