Well, it's a long time I'm using my Gmail account. Today, I had a talk with my friends about the date we created our Gmail accounts and we all had some guesses about it. Is there any option in Gmail info/settings where I can see the date I created my account?

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    You could try searching for the email with the invitation to join Gmail, if you did’t deleted it. – Alex Dec 26 '12 at 7:49
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    @JacobJanTuinstra Gmail, like most email systems, sends you a welcome email as part of the account creation process. If you didn't delete it, that will be the first message in your account with the "all mail" label. – mhoran_psprep Dec 26 '12 at 12:28

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  1. Go to SettingsForwarding and POP/IMAP
  2. See the POP download:1. Status: POP is enabled for all mail that has arrived since xx/xx/xx


The most appropriate solution (as of now) is-

  1. Go to: https://www.google.com/settings/takeout

  2. Click "Create an archive"

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  3. Click on "Google+ circles > Transfer your Google+ connections to another account"

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  4. You'll see the account creation date

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    I just checked and there's nothing to see. What if you don't have POP enabled? – Jacob Jan Tuinstra Dec 25 '12 at 11:38
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    If you don't have the POP3 activated, then enable it and save settings. Afterwards, return to settings again. Then you will see what @Sahil is describing. – Jacob Jan Tuinstra Dec 25 '12 at 11:46
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    1) Using the date in the POP3 settings does not necessarily yield a correct date. E.g. I joined Gmail during the beta invite phase sometime in 2005, but I get a date with 2002 there. That's because I later imported old mails with that date from my local Thunderbird client. 2) If you hover over the "1-100 of X,XXX", there's an option to show "oldest" or "newest" to quickly reverse the chronological order. – user44612 Jul 29 '13 at 9:11
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    The feature to transfer of circles data to another account and the display of the date in the POP settings were retired. – Rubén Aug 23 '15 at 15:25
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    Neither of these solutions works. This was once the correct answer, but it no longer is. There is no date displayed next to the "Status: POP is enabled" (mine was disabled by default but even if I enable it, Save Changes and return - as described by @JacobJanTuinstra - no date is displayed). Moreover, the Google Takeout method also no longer works. – Luke Mar 21 '17 at 0:53

This is the only conclusive answer there is to give about this topic:

  1. Go to google.com/takeout and sign-in with your current Google Account.
  2. Now click the link that says “Transfer your Google+ connections to another account”
  3. Google will once again require your account password. Sign-in and on the next screen you’ll see you Google Account creation

With reference to this article: Find the Creation Date of your Google Account

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    What if you had a Google account before you signed up for Gmail? – ale Dec 26 '12 at 16:01
  • The OP's question concerns Gmail. How does this relate to a Google account? Do you mean Google Apps? – Jacob Jan Tuinstra Dec 26 '12 at 21:04
  • @AlEverett: see comment..... – Jacob Jan Tuinstra Dec 26 '12 at 21:34
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    Since 4th December 2014, the transfert of Google+ connections isn't available anymore. – gaborous Feb 17 '15 at 23:34
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    This solution no longer works. – Luke Mar 21 '17 at 0:53

the method is very simple:

  1. open Gmail
  2. click on "all mail"
  3. the message in the upper right hand corner of the window will say "1-100 of xx,xxx"
  4. divide xx,xxx by 100 and round up. That is the last page number (Y)
  5. change the url by adding /pY so it reads .../..#all/pY
  6. My first message is from 3/18/2005 and has the subject "Gmail is different. Here's what you need to know"
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    Did you suppose that I've not moved my mails to different folders? I mean I have a few mails in my inbox and all the other mails are in their related folder. – Manoochehr Dec 26 '12 at 5:56
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    The "all mail" label shows all the mail, no matter what label if any was attached to a message. Gmail, like most email systems, sends you a welcome email as part of the account creation process. – mhoran_psprep Dec 26 '12 at 12:26
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    I deleted that mail the day I created the account on gmail. – Sahil Mittal Dec 26 '12 at 15:55
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    I imported a lot of email messages from old email systems. I have a significant amount of email that pre-dates the creation of Gmail. This method is not reliable. Certainly that welcome message, if it exists in my mailbox, is not on the last page of "All Mail". – ale Dec 26 '12 at 16:00

The previous answers proposed several ways to find the creation date. Following, there is a summary

  1. Gmail welcome message.

This could be the easiest method and could work for many users but it's not reliable because the message could be deleted, the Gmail service could has been added after the account was created (i.e. Youtube accounts) or removed and added several times.

  1. Date in the Gmail POP settings.

This was retired.

  1. Date in the Transfer of Google+ connections to another account

This was retired.

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    @pnuts : I have an account from around 2008 to which I enabled and disabled POP several times. At this time it's enabled and it doesn't show the date. – Rubén Nov 15 '17 at 16:53

This is a hack of @mhoran_psprep's answer. Just visit the following URL -


Well, it's a safe guess that you don't have more than 999900 mails. Gmail will redirect you to the last page of your inbox, which will have the first 50 emails you ever received.

  • It didn't work, Did you suppose that I've not moved my mails to different folders? I mean I have a few mails in my inbox and all the other mails are in their related folder. Also I remember I've removed my first mail which I received from gmail :D – Manoochehr Dec 26 '12 at 5:58
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    Possible. It only searches inside Inbox(you can see it in the url). Try searching inside the "All Mails" folder with this url mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?shva=1#all/p9999. This will search all your emails including all labels, not only inbox. – Bibhas Dec 26 '12 at 7:08

Ways have changed over years, so there is the one working now.

  1. Go to Google Takout
  2. Sign in with your account
  3. Click "Create an archive" (located in top right corner)
  4. Scroll down to "Google+ Circles"
  5. Click "Edit"
  6. Click "Transfer your Google+ connections to another account"
  7. On that page you'll find creation date of your Google account
  • Confirmed. This seems to be the best way at the moment. – Rev1.0 Jul 25 '14 at 7:43
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    No longer works. – Luke Mar 21 '17 at 0:55

As of June of 2016, none of the methods here worked for me.

I did, however, find a workaround that might work for some (only if you have not changed your initial password, however):

Open your Google account (FYI, this page has the following header: Control, protect, and secure your account, all in one place).

Look in the Sign-in & security box and click the Signing in to Google link therein.

On the ensuing Signing in to Google page, look in the Password & sign-in method box and observe the date your password was last changed. If you haven't ever changed your gmail password, said date will most likely be the date that you created said account.


All the current answers are outdated.

I was able to approximate this by searching something like:


and continually decreasing the date until I zeroed in on the original email. If you are like me, and you have deleted the welcome email, this is your best bet.

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    This isn't very useful when you've imported email messages from before you had a Gmail account. – ale May 1 '17 at 21:53
  • @ale it's more useful for me than all the existing answers here, most of which 100% don't work. – enderland May 1 '17 at 21:55

Go to search in your Gmail and type from:google.com. This returns the invitation email sent by Google the day you created your account (if you haven’t deleted that message already).


You can go to http://drive.google.com and click View Details on the PDF file that is created in there.

  • To what PDF file are you referring? – ale Mar 24 '17 at 13:05
  • @ale There is a welcome PDF in Drive, but most of us who use drive would have deleted it – vikarjramun Jul 25 '17 at 7:22

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