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> is after, before, older or newer.
YYYY/MM/DD: Is the date. YYYY is year, MM is month, DD is day.
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:
Here is the result in Gmail.
To search for all emails sent after January 10, 2015, replace Before with After in the search bar. Then press Enter key.
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.
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
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:
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:
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:
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.
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