How To View Old Emails In Gmail

Whether you’re a digital hoarder or simply trying to track down an old email, Gmail offers an array not only of sorting options, but also search features to help you manage your archived emails. Here, we’ll guide you on how to view old emails in Gmail with ease!

Sorting Emails in Gmail

Gmail automatically sorts your emails by date with the most recent one appearing at the top. However, you can change this order by customizing the settings.

  1. Open Gmail.
  2. At the top right corner, click the Settings icon (a gear).
  3. Click See all settings.
  4. Under the Inbox tab, you’ll find Inbox type. Here, you can select how you want your emails to be sorted.

Finding Old Emails Using the Search Box

One of the fastest ways to find old emails is by using the search box. You can type the sender’s name, subject, or any relevant keyword to help you find the email. Here’s how:

  1. Open Gmail.
  2. On the top, you’ll find a search box.
  3. Type your keyword and hit Enter.

You can also use search operators to find specific emails. For example, to find emails older than a year, you can use the following query:


Archived Emails

If you can’t find an email, it might be archived. In Gmail, archived emails are moved out of your inbox but can still be found in the All Mail label.

  1. Open Gmail.
  2. On the left side, scroll down until you see More.
  3. Click More, and you’ll see the All Mail label.
  4. Click All Mail. Here, you’ll see all your emails, including the archived ones.


Sorting and searching old emails in Gmail is straightforward. By using these features, you can keep your inbox organized and easily locate older emails. Happy emailing!