How to Search Emails by Size in Gmail to Find Emails with Large/Small Attachments

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After a while, your Gmail inbox can turn into a sea of Emails from all sorts of contacts. You get Emails from friends, family, and co-workers too. Not all of them feels that it’s necessary to fill in the subject line. Maybe they were in a hurry or just didn’t care enough to do it. These are reasons why you might be forced to search Emails by size in Gmail. You remember that your co-worker sent you a big file, but you just can’t remember what the subject line is. The good news is that there is a feature you probably don’t know about that can help you search for Emails based on their size.

Search Emails by Size in Gmail to Find  Emails with Large/Small Attachments

Search Emails by Size in Gmail to Find Big Emails

When you want to find an Email from a friend who’s subject line you remember, you type it into the search bar. Did you know that you can find Emails of a particular size as well? All you have to do is type the size that Email you’re looking for can’t go over.

For example, if the Email you need to find is 4MB then you will need to type size:4MB in the search bar. This is going to eliminate all Emails that are of that size of bigger. You can also combine the name of the person who sent you the Email with the size of the Email.

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If the Email if bigger than a given size, then you can use the following parameter: larger: size in MB. If you want to get a little more technical, you can also search for the Email in bytes. For example, you can type 600000 after larger. Gmail will know what to do, and it leaves out the Emails that are bigger than 0.5MB.

Also Read: How To Easily Turn Emails Into Tasks in Gmail

How to Search for Small Emails in Gmail

To look for smaller Emails, you’re going to need to use the smaller search parameter. You would need to type something like smaller: size in MB here. You can also use it with other search parameters.

What To Do When You’re Not Sure How Big The Email Is

Let’s face it. There are times when you have absolutely no clue how big or small the Email is. All you know is that it’s somewhere between 2MB and 4MB. Finding Emails that are within a certain range is also easy to find.

To find these kinds of Emails you’re going to need to use the smaller and larger search parameters I mentioned earlier. But this time, you’re going to use them together. For example, let’s that the Email you need to find is somewhere between 2MB and 4MB. Just type larger:2MB smaller: 4MB.

This is a feature that all Gmail users have been able to do over two years now but not everyone is aware of it. Most users don’t usually search for Emails by size but if it’s something you ever need to do, now you know what you need to do.

If you’re searching for an Email by its size then the Email usually have an attachment. By using the parameters I mentioned you’ll be able to easily find what you’re looking for.

Also Read: How to Send Email From Another Account in Gmail


Gmail is full of useful features and if you didn’t know you could search for Email by size, now you know how it’s done. What’s the biggest Email you’ve had to search for? Let me know what you think in the comments.

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Judy Sanhz

I can never get enough of tech in general, whether it's Android or web apps but helping others solve their tech problems also brings great satisfaction. I carry a device wherever I go, and I'm always connected. Life without the Internet just sounds too scary to me. :-)

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