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

Enable Conversation View if you want Gmail to group conversations together

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. Select the Settings gear in the upper-right corner of Gmail.

    The Settings gear in Gmail
  2. Select See all settings from the drop-down menu.

    The "See All Settings" button in Gmail
  3. In the General tab, scroll down until you find the Conversation View section and select Conversation view on or Conversation view off.

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

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