Search in Gmail

You can search messages in Gmail by email, date, size, or other keyword in your Inbox, Spam, or Trash.

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 Gmail.
  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.

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 Clear.

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 and App Activity setting is turned on. To see and control your saved activity, visit My Activity.

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