Email, Messaging, & Video Calls Email Quickly Find Your Oldest Gmail Messages How to sort your Gmail by date Share Pin Email Print Lifewire / Melissa Ling Email Gmail Yahoo! Mail By Heinz Tschabitscher Writer A former freelance contributor who has reviewed hundreds of email programs and services since 1997. our editorial process Heinz Tschabitscher Updated January 19, 2020 When you open your Gmail Inbox or Sent Mail folders, the first page displays the most recent messages you sent or received. If you'd rather see the oldest emails first, you can sort by date in Gmail to display messages in reverse chronological order. Instructions in this article apply to the web version of Gmail. It's not possible to sort messages by date in the Gmail app. How to View Gmail Messages in Reverse Chronological Order When you sort messages by date in Gmail, you'll see the last page of messages first, but the messages will still be listed from newest to oldest. If a folder has only one page of messages, you can just look at the bottom of the screen to see the oldest conversation. If a folder has multiple pages of messages, you can use this workaround: You can adjust how many conversations should be shown per page in your Gmail settings. Select the arrow beside Inbox in the left pane, then choose Default. In the top-right corner just above your messages, there's a number that shows how many emails are in the current folder. Hover your mouse over the email counter until a small menu drops down and choose Oldest. You should immediately be taken to the last page of emails in that folder; the oldest message is listed at the very bottom. To move back to a previous screen to see newer messages, use the back arrow between the email count and the Settings gear. If you want to read your Gmail messages in their default order, select the email counter and choose Newest from the drop-down menu. Search Gmail by Date If you just want to find a message from a specific point in time, you can search your Gmail by date. You can even combine search operators to display messages between specific dates. Examples of valid search queries include: after:1/1/2020 Display messages after the date. before:12/31/2019 Display messages before the date. after:1/1/2020 or before:1/7/2020 Display messages between two dates. older_than:3d Display messages older than 3 days. newer_than:1m Display messages newer than 1 month. How to Save a Draft in Gmail How to Organize Your Messages in Gmail Get Exact Dates and Times for Emails in Gmail Forward a Conversation in Gmail Get Emails Sorted Your Way in Yahoo Mail Simple Steps to Mark Messages Using Stars in Gmail How Conversation View Makes macOS Mail Better—Right Now How to Open Multiple Gmail Messages in Individual Windows How to Select All Emails in Gmail and Clean Up Your Inbox How to Forward Gmail to Another Email Address Automatically Steps for Sorting Thunderbird Emails by the Date They Were Received How Do You Print a Single Gmail Message Instead of the Entire Thread? How to Retrieve Archived Emails in Gmail Set Up Gmail to Open the Next Email When You're Done with One How to Cut Gmail Clutter (Automatically) by Using Filters Want to Create a Calendar Event From a Gmail Message?