Tip: Turn Off Conversation View in Gmail Mobile

Posted on August 13, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Android, Cloud, Google, iOS, Mobile with 5 Comments

Google has long allowed its Gmail users to disable Conversation View in the web version of its app. But now you can do so on mobile as well.

“You can choose whether replies to emails are grouped in conversations, or if each email shows up in your inbox separately,” the Gmail Help website explains.

The ability to disable Conversation View in the Android and iOS versions of Gmail arrived last week and was noted only on Google’s G Suite Updates blog for some reason.

“In Gmail, replies to emails are grouped together as ‘conversations,’ to make them easier to digest and follow,” Google explains. “Some users, however, prefer to see each of their emails listed individually in their inbox.”

Indeed they do.

What Google doesn’t note is that this change applies to all Gmail users. You don’t need to have a G Suite account for this new feature to appear. Better still, if you disable Conversation View on the web, that setting will be applied on mobile, too.

To make the change manually, open the Gmail mobile app, tap the Menu button, and choose Settings. Then, under General Settings, ensure that the option “Conversation view” is unchecked (disabled).

Thanks to everyone who wrote in about this. I’m a bit surprised by how much interest there is in this change. Note, too, that is feature is not available in Google Inbox, the company’s more streamlined interface for Gmail.


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