One of the biggest email providers in the world is Google. It’s not only a simple and reliable search engine but also one of the most stable email providers in the world. Approximately, there is 1.5 billion Gmail users so that is actually equivalent to 20% of the world population.
It’s a pretty crazy figure if you break it down. Well, Google has now started to ramp up its security features which includes further verification of accounts through two factor verification, and the personal information questionnaire. Sometimes the verification feature gets so strict that the real owner gets locked out of their account completely because they missed or forgot the details like first boss’ last name or street name where your first ex-girlfriend lived.
However, one of those security questions may be the date which the account was created. This is great for real account owners because hackers trying to enter the account will have little potential access to this information.
So in this quick guide you’ll find out how to uncover the creation date of your Gmail or Google Account.
1. Open up your Gmail account and find the gear icon over by the right portion of the screen
2. Click on it to reveal the menu of options for your Gmail account. Click on Settings.
3. This will take you to a new page within your screen to show you the Settings of the Gmail account.
4. Notice the tabs towards the top portion, right below the Settings title.
5. Click on Forwarding and POP/IMAP. This will show you the menu features within the POP/IMAP of the account.
6. Notice under the POP download. You’ll see that POP is Enabled for All mail that has arrived since a specific date. This date is potentially the account creation date because it is the default setting if you’ve not touched this settings for your Gmail account.
Your Very first GMAIL message
1. Open up your Gmail account. Sign in with your username and password.
2. Turn your attention to the page selector which is within the set of buttons near the gear settings icon.
3. Click on oldest which will show you the oldest page of emails that you have in your inbox.
4. Scroll down to see if you still have the very first welcome email sent by Gmail when you opened your account. If you do, then, that’s great. The date on this email will easily let you know when you created this account so it’s kind of a good idea to keep this welcome email around especially when you need to remember when this account was created.
5. Now that you’ve found out your account creation date, it would be a good idea to keep a screen shot of this in your phone or desktop gallery for reference other than within your account.
There can be a lot of reasons why you want to get the original creation date of your Gmail or Google account. It could serve as proof that you are the owner of the account which carries a lot of weight. Moreover, it’s a good idea to keep this in mind or tucked away offline so that you could use the information to open up the account if you get locked out.
Pro Tip: When you sign up for a Gmail account, you automatically have a Google account and when you sign up for a Google account, you are automatically given a Gmail address.