Ever needed to find out the exact date your Google account was created? This date can be very useful in situations such as recovering your account (you forgot your security question and don’t have access to your secondary email).
Previously, you were able to check this date by going into Gmail and turning on POP. However, while this worked for some users, many users with older accounts reported that this simply read the date of the oldest email. More recently, this date isn’t even shown anymore for some accounts.
Fortunately, if you’re a Google+ user (with Google+ being integrated into everything lately, its hard not to be), there’s another method to find out when your account was created.
Go to Google Takeout, the service that lets you export a backup of your Google account data.
When selecting which products to include in the archive, there should be an option to Transfer your Google+ account connections to another account next to Google+ Circles. You don’t have to actually download or transfer anything, but click this option.
On the page that opens, it will list the date your account was created and the last sign-in date.
This should work with both personal Google accounts and Google Apps business/organization accounts.
Does this method work for you? When was your account created? Is there a different method to find this date? Let me know in the comments.