Do you want to know how old your Gmail account is? 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 the exact date your Gmail account was created.
When you first create your Gmail account, friendly old Google sends you a welcome email. The exact contents of that email have changed since the service began beta in 2004.
To find it, go to the All Mail folder. In the top right, hover the pagination information and click Oldest. This will put the email you first received at the top. However, if you imported non-Gmail emails into your inbox from before 2004, the welcome email won't be at the top. It also won't be there if you haven't kept all your emails.
An alternative method to find the email is to search for "welcome", "Gmail team", "email@example.com", or "firstname.lastname@example.org".
As a slice of history, here's what that first welcome email opened with:
First off, welcome. And thanks for agreeing to help us test Gmail. By now you probably know the key ways in which Gmail differs from traditional webmail services. Searching instead of filing. A free gigabyte of storage. Messages displayed in context as conversations.
This is an unexpected one, but your POP settings might show the date you created your Gmail account.
To access this, click the cog icon in the top right, select See all settings, then click Forwarding and POP/IMAP. See our article on what POP and IMAP mean if you're interested.
Within the POP download section, look on the Status line. If you're lucky, you'll see the following:
1. Status: POP is enabled for all mail that has arrived since [DATE]
However, if you have ever changed your POP settings, or you're using an organizational account that may have preconfigured the setting, the date won't be shown.
Google Takeout is a service you can use to export your Google data into various formats. Back when Google+ was a thing, you could export that data to discover when your Gmail account was made. However, that's no longer possible.
That said, if you don't need an exact account creation date and are happy with a rough idea, Google Takeout might still prove useful---though it will require some manual searching.
You can export all of your Google data, from services like Chrome, Drive, and YouTube, and then find the earliest timestamp of activity. Again, this won't necessarily give you the exact date, but it can give a ballpark.
Hopefully, you've been able to find out how old your Gmail account is. If not, let's hope that Google eventually offers that information in our accounts.
If you'd like to learn more about Gmail, here are the essential Gmail terms and features to know.