Are you finding it difficult to find old emails of a particular time period? In this guide, we have tips to search Gmail by Date Range or Time Period.
With time, our Gmail account gets cluttered with new emails, subscriptions, and many other emails. Many of the important emails get buried under the new emails. You may not find time to clean your Gmail account and delete those unnecessary emails, it will go beyond thousands of emails. When you want to find a certain email or emails in a certain time period, it takes a lot of time to go through the thousands of emails. We have a few tips to cut down the time. Let’s see how we can find emails by date or time period.
How to search Gmail by Date Range or Time period
There are different ways you can search for an email in Gmail using date.
- Before a certain date
- After a certain date
- Between two dates
- Keywords with dates
- Older than or Newer than
Let’s get into the details of every option. Before going into the details, just remember that the format of the dates should be YYYY/MM/DD or Year/Month/Date.
1] Before a certain date
In the search bar of Gmail, enter before with a colon (:) after that. Don’t forget to enter the colon. Then, enter the date before which you want to find the emails.
The format to search for emails before a certain date would be: before:YYYY/MM/DD
2] After a Certain Date
To find emails after a certain date in Gmail, you have to enter after with a colon (:) after that and date in the specified format.
The format for finding emails after a certain date would be after:YYYY/MM/DD
3] Between two dates
To find emails between two dates in Gmail, you need to enter both before and after formats in the search bar of Gmail.
The correct format would be after:YYYY/MM/DD before:YYYY/MM/DD. You can use the before date first and then the after date also. There is no specified rule in using that.
4] Keywords with dates
You can search for emails before a date, after a date, between two dates, etc. To find specified emails within those date formats, you can use a keyword you remember with the dates.
5] Older than or Newer than
With the dates and keywords, you can also search for emails older than or newer than a certain time like a year, month, or day. We use, y for a year, m for a month, and d for a day.
To search for emails before or after or between two days older than a month, the correct format would be to enter older_than:1m after you enter the dates. Likewise, you can use newer than function.
You can also use dates, keywords, and older than or newer than together in a search.
Must read: Gmail Search Tips and Tricks.
How do I search Gmail for old emails by date?
There are certain ways you can use to search for emails on your Gmail account by date. You can look for emails before, after, between, newer than, older than, or using keywords with all the date options.
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How far back does Gmail keep emails?
Gmail by default keeps all the emails in your inbox. Only the mails in the Trash and Spam folders are deleted after 30 days. Other than that, every email you have on Gmail will stay forever.