How to Find Out the Exact Date You Created Your Gmail Account

Akshata Shanbhag 01-02-2016

Knowing the date you created your Gmail account can come in really handy if you ever have to go through Gmail’s account recovery process. Here’s how to find that exact date.


Search for Gmail’s Welcome email in your inbox and see its timestamp to know when you created your Gmail account. You might have deleted that mail like many of us have. In that case, try this other method.

Click on the gear icon below your profile picture and go to Settings > Forwarding and POP/IMAP. Under POP Download, look for Status. If you haven’t tampered with this section at all, you’ll see this message: POP is enabled for all mail that has arrived since followed by the date you created your Gmail account. Note it down in a safe place.


If you have fiddled with the POP settings IMAP vs. POP3: What Is It and Which One Should You Use? If you have ever set up an email client or app, you will have certainly come across the terms POP and IMAP. Do you remember which one you chose and why? If you are not... Read More before, you’ll most likely see a blank space instead of the account creation date. This means that you’re out of options for now at least.

There was a third method floating on the web involving the creation a Google Takeout archive, but that no longer seems to work. How we wish it did!


Have you ever lost your Gmail account? How did the account recovery process go? Do you know of any other method to recover the account creation date for Gmail?

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  1. Nightmare
    October 17, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    Thanks - I found my start date thanks to your "first email" advice. Now I must store this info somewhere safe, because invariably when I want it I can't find it!
    I wish I thought messing about in the internet was fun! I also wish there were classes to keep us oldies up to date with all things tech.

  2. Ugh
    October 1, 2019 at 9:47 am

    THis didn't help. At all. My POP was disabled by default with NO creation date, and I've never meddled with any of this in my life.

  3. Anandhu
    September 24, 2019 at 6:56 am

    Wer is the date madam?

  4. Byothe
    February 3, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    Doesn't work for me either (the date is wrong)... maybe it's because I played with the Pop and Imap settings...

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      February 4, 2016 at 8:04 am

      Yeah, if you have modified the POP settings at any time, this won't work. There used to be another method using Google Takeout. Unfortunately that's no longer available.

  5. Anonymous
    February 2, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Used "before:2005/01/01" and got "2004/7/7 Gmail is different". Time flies...

  6. Jelly
    February 1, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    Yeah the POP date didn't seem to work for me either, the date listed is later than I remember having the account. I just used the 'date-end:' search tag to filter emails further and further back until I found the first one. The welcome email didn't turn up in search, but the first email by date I have was a test email to myself from my old account. Seems like a solid alternative to a welcome email! The date was in Nov. 2007 for me.

  7. Anonymous
    February 1, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Yeah, my account predates POP access too, the earliest email I currently have in my gmail account is from September 2004, I was in the trial they had around that time and had fun giving out each of my 3 invites that I had for the service :)

    The POP thingy says 2006.

    My other gmail account (for my domain) was 2009, though that isn't accurate since if I do "label:all" on that account, the earliest email is from 2007, which suggests maybe I turned POP access off at some point and then back on again in 2009.

    Oh how the years have changed with gmail :)

  8. Anonymous
    February 1, 2016 at 9:31 am

    Method 2 works for me. Thanks.

  9. jon
    February 1, 2016 at 9:21 am

    Ha. My account predates POP access. ;-) I go back to September 2004. Had to find my original email, and it was several years before I expected, and before POP was enabled. But I remember when they gave us access. I enabled it, but using a mail app was such a mess, that I never really switched from the web interface, and disabled it in my Apple Mail app. IMAP isn't any better, to be honest. Gmail is really made to work on the web, and that's where I used it until Inbox came out. Now I only use Gmail for managing spam, and other oddities that come up (like deleting single messages from threads, which, for some reason, Inbox can't do). InBox isn't perfect, but every time I open the old Gmail interface or open Apple Mail, or PostBox, or for that matter, any other email app, I realize how much InBox has streamlined my email experience, that I quickly close them. :-) I only regret that I have given my entire online life to Google, and don't see any way out of it! Gmail/InBox, App store, Play Music, Docs, Drive. Chrome, Chrome Sync, Android. I'm all in, and I never expected that to happen... I have been assimilated...

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      February 2, 2016 at 3:45 am

      Wow, that was a long time ago, Jon...I hadn't even discovered the Internet back then :D

    • Stephani
      April 2, 2019 at 7:37 pm

      I just found mine:
      Wed, Jun 23, 2004, 9:24 AM
      I feel old.