Find the Sent Timestamp on Gmail Messages

Find out the exact time someone sent you an email

Gmail shows the time that has passed since a message was sent (e.g. 4 hours ago). This is extremely helpful most of the time, but you might be in a situation where you want to know the exact date and time, especially for older emails that just have a date (e.g. June 2). Revealing the timestamp of a Gmail message is extremely easy as it is hidden just one or two clicks away from the regular date that you always see.

The timestamps on your emails are dependent on your timezone. Make sure your Gmail time zone is set correctly, and check your operating system's time zone settings.

How to Tell When an Email Was Sent in Gmail

Below is a look at three different places you might be reading your Gmail messages and how to see the message's true date in each scenario.

From the Desktop Website

  1. With the message open, hover your mouse over the date/time.

  2. Wait for the exact date and time to display.

    Gmail message with date an time highlighted

    For example, if the date shows as May 29, hovering over it reveals the specific time the email was sent, like Mon, May 29, 2017, at 8:45 AM.

  3. Another way to do this on the desktop website is to open the message and then click the three vertically stacked dots next to the reply button (called More).

    screenshot of gmail account with show original selected
  4. Choose Show original to see when the message was created.

    Gmail original message

From the Gmail Mobile App

To view when a message was sent in the Gmail app:

  1. Open the message you want to see the date for.

  2. Below the sender's name and next to the recipient's(usually, to me) press the down arrow to show more details.

    Show time on Gmail message on mobile
  3. The details will expand out below both the sender's name. Take a look at what's there.

  4. These details include the sender's email address, your email address, and the full date that the message was sent.

From Inbox by Gmail (on the Web)

As of March 31, 2019, Google has discontinued Inbox by Gmail.. Users will then be directed to the newer version of Gmail.

  1. Open the message in Inbox by Gmail.

  2. Hover the mouse cursor over the date shown in the header area.

    screenshot of hovering mouse cursor over the date/time to see the full timestamp.
  3. Wait for the full date and time to appear.

  4. If you want to view the timestamp in the original message, click the three vertically stacked dots next to the date.

    screen shot selecting the three vertically stacked dots and choose Show original to see when an email was sent in Inbox by Gmail.
  5. Select Show original.