How long have you been using Gmail? Ever wonder what the exact date your account was created is? You can look for the initial welcome email all new accounts receive but what if you deleted that message?
Fortunately, there is another method to find out the exact date your account was created. This tutorial works with both standard Gmail accounts and Google Apps Mail accounts.
However, this method works on my alternate account created on 10/18/08. Gmail search reports no emails around this date. Some sources report that this only works on accounts created after 2007, which would explain why this method does not work on my 2007 account.
If you know your account was created 2007 or earlier, does this method work for you (you will have to permanently delete your oldest emails to check)? If your account was created after 2007, does this method work for you (use the search function to check if there are any emails from the date you get)? Please share with us in the comments.
First, head to Gmail Settings. Then click on the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab.
Select the first option for POP Download: Enable POP for all mail (even mail that’s already been downloaded). This option is selected by default so if you didn’t tweak any settings in the past, this option is probably already selected.
Click Save Changes.
Return to the settings for POP Download. At the top of the section, there should be something that reads: Status: POP is enabled for all mail that has arrived since xx/xx/xx.
In place of the xx/xx/xx should be the exact date your Gmail account was created.
When did you create your Gmail account? Have another method to find out the account creation date? Share with us in the comments.
Please note that this only works if you actually have access to the account. It is a good idea to record this date in a safe place somewhere as this date is very useful when recovering your password in the event that your account is compromised or you lose access to secondary recovery options.