How to Search Gmail by Sender (Desktop and Mobile)

by | Nov 23, 2019 | Gmail

Looking for emails from a particular sender, or all conversations with them? Find out here how to search Gmail by sender, name and email address.

First, Let’s Bang-Path Your Email Address


  • □ take your email address,
  • □ exchange the ‘@’ for an ‘!’,
  • □ delete everything from the back up to and including the first ‘.’ you encounter (presumably “.com”),
  • □ place everything before the ‘!’ after it and
  • □ everything that came behind it in front.

You have just turned your SMTP email address into a mock UUCP email address. (For instance, “[email protected]” becomes “ladedu!user”.)

These email addresses were common in the early 1980s—when UUCP networking was common. Now, of course, you can barely send an email to such an address, let alone find emails from them in Gmail… which is very much unlike searching for messages from senders who use an ‘@’ email address.

This is easy:

How to Search Gmail by Sender Using a Desktop Browser

Find by Name or Email Address

To find all emails sent by a particular sender in your Gmail account:

  1. Click in the Search mail field.

    Gmail keyboard shortcut: with Gmail keyboard shortcuts enabled, you can press / (forward slash).Gmail Search mail field

  2. Type from: immediately followed by the sender’s name or email address.

    Examples: To search Gmail by sender for messages from “[email protected]”, type from:[email protected]; to search for messages from “Heinz Tschabitscher”, type from:Heinz Tschabitscher.
    Tip: You can enclose the sender’s name in quotation marks to make sure the match is exact; e.g. from:"Heinz Tschabitscher".
    Note: You need not type the full email address (or name); you can search for all emails from the domain “,” for instance, or all messages from senders called “Heinz.”

  3. Press Enter.


Search by Sender Starting with an Email from Them

To find all emails from a sender beginning with an example email:

  1. Open a message from the sender.
  2. Click the More button (Gmail More toolbar button) in the conversation’s toolbar.
  3. Select Filter messages like this.
  4. Click Search in the pre-filled Gmail search field.
    • Note: If the message was sent through a mailing list, Gmail may use the list’s address instead of the sender’s. If this does not produce the desired result, do search using the address manually.

Find All Emails Received from and Sent to a Contact

To find all emails exchanged with a sender (that is both emails you received from them and messages you sent to them) in Gmail:

  1. Click in the Search mail field in Gmail.
  2. Type from: immediately followed by the sender’s name or email address.
  3. Type  OR to: also followed by the sender’s name or address immediately.
    • Example: To find all emails exchanged with [email protected], type from:[email protected] OR to:[email protected].
    • Tip: To make sure only emails you sent to the address (and not messages sent to the address with you in the Cc: field, for example), use  from:<sender> OR (to:<sender> AND from:me), replacing “<sender>” with the sender’s email address.
  4. Hit Enter.

Using the Gmail App

To find all messages sent by somebody in the Gmail app for iOS or Android:

  1. Tap the Search mail field in Gmail.
  2. Type from: followed by the sender’s name or email address.
  3. Tap Search.

How to Search Gmail by Sender: FAQ

Can I find emails by sender using simple HTML Gmail?


To search simple HTML Gmail by sender:

  1. Type from: followed by the sender’s address or name in the search field.
  2. Click Search Mail.

(How to search Gmail by sender tested with Gmail in a desktop browser and the Gmail 6.0 for iOS; updated November 2019)