How To Find the Creation Date of your Gmail or Google Account

Google collects a lot of information about its users and their activities online. Why would you need to know when your Google account came into being? Well, for one thing, if you ever get locked out of your Google Account, the date you created it is one of the recovery questions you can use to regain access to the account. Second, you may have several Google accounts and want to know when a particular account got created.

This article shows you how to find out the creation date of your Google Account, plain and simple.

Use Your Gmail to Find the Creation Date of Your Google Account

Most users got a Google account as a side effect of opening a Gmail account, and it is from within Gmail that you can find out when you created it. The start date of your Gmail account is the same as your Google Account. You can never have the two established at different dates—only aliases within your Gmail account.

Here are the steps to find the creation date of your Google Account:

  1. Open the correct “Gmail” account and select the “cog icon” (Settings).
  2. Select “Forwarding and POP/IMAP.” from the “Settings” menu at the top.
  3. Look at the “POP Download” section. Look at the first line, “Status: Pop is enabled for all mail that has arrived since [MM/DD/YY],” which displays the date you created the account.

The date on that line is the date you created your Google Account. See how easy that was? Feel free to check out all your Gmail accounts.

15 thoughts on “How To Find the Creation Date of your Gmail or Google Account”

Mike says:
This is totally wrong! Mine says 2007, but I’ve had my account since about 2003. In fact I got a Gmail account when it was only available by invitation. I was invited by a friend who had an indirect business relationship with Google and so he got 4 invites to send…and sent me one.

I distinctly remember the year because it was the year I bought a house that was the same model as the guy who invited me…which is how we met as we were both closing on our houses around the same time (Oct 2003). Well at least I know it was around that time, but would be nice to know the exact date. It was probably between Nov 2003 and Jan 2004.

tom's essential says:
Open youtube – check your youtube account – click your channel and slide right and click “about”… there…the date you created your gmail account.
Dawae404 says:
I made some account long ago but didn’t comment on youtube then yesterday I commented and it said i creat my youtube account yesterday
Steve Larner says:
Perhaps the Gmail was dormant?
FRANCINE DE MATOS says:
Awesome!
Dan says:
As mentioned by Alaa jabre, the information regarding the account creation date, by referencing the POP date, is inaccurate. My POP date is 12/3/08, but I have mail dating back to 9/6/06 (2+ years older than the POP date).

Your oldest email is possibly a better indication of when you opened your account. That is, if you do not delete/purge everything (including sent) on a regular basis. For this, find the “All Mail” folder in the left-hand pane. Then, click on the email count toward the upper-right of the screen (E.g. – 1-100 of X,XXX), and select “Oldest”. This will display the oldest mail in the account.

Dan says:
As mentioned by Alaa jabre, the information regarding the account creation date, by referencing the POP date, is inaccurate. My POP date is 12/3/08, but I have mail dating back to 9/6/06 (2+ years older than the POP date).

Your oldest email is possibly a better indication of when you opened your account. That is, if you do not delete/purge everything (including sent) on a regular basis. For this, find the “All Mail” folder in the left-hand pane. Then, click on the email count toward the upper-right of the screen (E.g. – 1-100 of 7,555), and select “Oldest”. This will display the oldest mail in the account.

Unkown says:
But what if you can’t login because you don’t know the password nor the phone number or when it was created
Rafał Porzeziński says:
I found my old google account without gmail account. How can I find it then?
Juan Lopez says:
Gmail…you get what you pay for…nothing. I was locked out of an email I choose not to attach to my phone# etc. Worked fine for a long time, but they decided to lock me out when my IP address changed. Lol, I have NO IDEA when I created that account and refuse to give them my phone for a “private” non-public account. Oh well, be assured, I won’t bother with another Gmail account. Useless when you can’t even access your OWN account with the correct password. Lame.
Robin says:
What if your POP is disabled? Is there another way to find your creation date without having to set up an archive?
Alaa jabre says:
this is incorrect mine says “since 30/07/2013”
but I am pretty sure I had my account at least back in 2008 (and even before that)

I got the account by invitation when that was a thing and I got 3 invitations to send to friends Not sure was in the summer of 2004 or 2005 or even 2006

what I am sure of it is there is no way it was 2013

Kerry Woodard says:
So I am trying to recover my password. I have used the reset code sent to my email and it says it does not recognize me as the owner. I have the creation date and even the 26 digit verification code sent when I opened the account 11 years ago. How can I use this information to access my account.
How Do You Feel? says:
Click “Forgot Password” and follow the steps and put in the month and year when it asks you.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


Disclaimer: Some pages on this site may include an affiliate link. This does not effect our editorial in any way.

Todays Highlights
How to See Google Search History
how to download photos from google photos