This Simple Tweak Turns Gmail's Conversation View On and Off

Enable Conversation View if you want Gmail to group conversations together

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When Conversation View in Gmail is enabled, emails related to the same topic are grouped together for what is intended to be easier management. If you don't like this organization method, turning off Conversation View is a simple task.

For email threads that involve only you and one other person, grouping similar topics can make things easier — but when you're reading, moving, or deleting messages with many people in the thread, Conversation View can get confusing. When you turn it off, each message displays separately and in chronological order.

The steps here apply to the desktop version of Gmail. Changing the Conversation View settings is not an option from the mobile Gmail website, Gmail's Inbox at inbox.google.com, or the mobile Gmail app.

How Conversation View Works in Gmail

With Conversation View enabled, Gmail groups and displays together:

  • Messages with the same subject line, disregarding prefixes such as "Re" and "Fwd."
  • Up to 100 emails at a time.

When the subject line changes or a conversation reaches 100 emails, Gmail starts a new conversation.

How to Toggle Conversation View On and Off in Gmail

The option for turning Conversation View on and off in Gmail is available in your account's General settings:

  1. Open Gmail in your computer browser at https://gmail.com.

  2. Select the gear icon at the top right corner of the screen.

  3. Select Settings from the drop-down menu.

    Settings menu item in Gmail web page
  4. In the General tab, scroll down until you find the Conversation View section.

  5. To turn Conversation View on, select the radio button next to Conversation view on. Likewise, to disable it, select the button in front of Conversation view off.

    Screenshot of Gmail preferences highlighting Conversation view on or off options
  6. Select Save Changes at the bottom of the screen.