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Search in Gmail

You can search to find your messages in Gmail, including messages in Spam or Trash.

How to search

Note: Gmail searches all the messages in your account, not just those synced on your device, so you need to be connected to the Internet to do a search.

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Gmail app Gmail app.
  2. In the search box at the top of the page, write what you're looking for.
  3. In the bottom right, tap 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.

Clear search history

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Gmail app Gmail.
  2. In the top left, tap Menu Menu and then Settings.
  3. Tap your account.
  4. Tap Clear search history and then Remove.

I see suggestions when I search

To help you search faster, Gmail suggests search terms as you type. These search terms are based on information from your Gmail account, like messages, contacts, labels, or past searches.

How searches are saved

To improve search suggestions, your Gmail searches and browsing activity are saved in your Google Account if the Web & App Activity setting is turned on. To see and control your saved activity, visit My Activity.

Michelle is a Gmail expert and the author of this help page. Leave her feedback about this help page.

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