Inbox is an awesome new way of emailing, there is no doubt about that, but lacks a very basic feature (seems so): search by other things than text, like a date.

I tried with Gmail search keywords like before:12/07/2015 but shows no results.

Is there a way to search emails by date or should I ditch Inbox?

There is a light spec about the search box: https://support.google.com/inbox/answer/6067584, where is not specified nor the keyword from: or in: which both work. So if a search by date exists, Google is keeping it secret.

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I tested this in Inbox. The date needs to be in the correct order. Use before:YYYY/MM/DD as documented in the Advanced Search - Gmail help article.

  • But, does it work in Inbox ?
    – Tiberiu C.
    Commented Jun 17, 2016 at 20:36
  • @TiberiuC. Yes, I thought I mentioned that. Looks like I got carried away paring down my answer. Sorry about that!
    – Folk
    Commented Jun 17, 2016 at 20:44
  • after:2018/12/24 before:2018/12/26 for example to search for emails on one day xmas 2018.
    – Bob Stein
    Commented Sep 12, 2018 at 21:59

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