Search in Gmail

You can find an email in your inbox with search terms. To help you search faster, Gmail suggests search terms as you enter words. These search terms are based on information from your Gmail account, like messages, contacts, labels, or past searches.

How to search

Important: If you're offline, only emails synced to your device will be in your search results. You can also use basic search operators. This feature is only available in some languages.

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Gmail app .
  2. In the search box at the top, tap “Search mail."
  3. Write what you're looking for.
  4. Tap Search Search. Your results will include all messages, except those in "Spam" and "Trash."

Tip: You can also use search operators to filter your search results.

How searches are saved
The words you use to search and browse in Gmail are saved for you. This feature improves suggestions when you search in the future.

Clear search history

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Gmail app .
  2. At the top left, tap Menu Menu and then Settings Settings.
  3. Tap the account you want to clear search history for.
  4. At the bottom of the screen, tap Clear search history and then Clear.

Tip: Your search history will only be cleared from your device. You can also clear your search history from Google servers. Learn how to delete your activity.

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