How to Ungroup Emails in Gmail


Nothing can be more frustrating than when you’ve got to look for a specific email message in Gmail, but you can’t find it because it’s grouped together with all of the other messages in that thread. If you want all of your Gmail messages to be ungrouped and broken out individually, you need to turn off Conversation View. Thankfully, Gmail Conversation View can be disabled with a few quick clicks.

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Steps to Ungroup Emails in Gmail on iPhone, iPad or Android

  1. Tap the hamburger icon next to the Search in Mail field at the top of the screen to open a menu.
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of this menu, and then tap “Settings.”

  1. Tap the Google account at the top of the screen where you want to turn off conversation view in the associated Gmail account.

  1. Scroll down this menu and then tap the toggle next to Conversation View. A message will be displayed letting you know that Conversation View has been turned off, and that if you want to change it going forward you can do that through your account settings. Tap “Got it.” You’ll got back to your Gmail home screen where you’ll see no longer see messages in the same thread grouped together.

Steps to Ungroup Emails in Gmail on

  1. Click the “Settings” icon at the top of your Gmail home screen to open a menu.

  1. Scroll down to the Email Threading section, and then tap to remove the check mark next to Conversation View. A message appears on the screen telling you that you’ll need to reload Gmail for Conversation View to be turned off. Click “Reload.” You’ll land on your Gmail home screen where you’ll see conversation view has been turned off and emails in the same thread are no longer grouped together.

Will ungrouping emails in Gmail affect my previous labels and filters?

Ungrouping emails in Gmail has no effect on the labels and filters that you have previously applied. The labels and filters that have been created to organize your emails according to specific criteria, such as the sender’s email address or the email’s subject line, will continue to function as intended. When you ungroup emails, it only changes the way the messages are displayed in your inbox. You will see each email message as a separate item, rather than as part of a conversation thread.

However, the labels and filters you have created will still be applied to each individual email message. It is important to note that if you have created labels or filters based specifically on the conversation view in Gmail, those labels and filters may not work as intended once you ungroup your emails. Therefore, it is recommended that you review your labels and filters after ungrouping your emails to ensure that they still function correctly.

Reasons to Consider Ungrouping Your Gmail Emails

1. Locate a Specific Email Quickly

When searching for a specific email in Gmail, it can be challenging to find the right message within a long conversation. By ungrouping the emails, each message will appear separately, making it easier to locate the desired email. By doing this, you can save time and avoid frustration when trying to find that crucial email you need.

To further enhance your search, Gmail’s search bar can help you find specific words or phrases in your emails. This feature can be useful when trying to locate a specific email from a conversation that occurred a while ago. By ungrouping the emails, you can make the search process even easier.

2. Avoid Confusion

Email conversations can become confusing, especially when there are multiple participants. Sometimes a conversation can split into different threads, making it challenging to follow the discussion. By ungrouping the emails, you can avoid confusion and keep track of who said what and when.

This is particularly helpful when collaborating on a project or working on a team. It’s important to understand the context and history of a conversation to make informed decisions. By ungrouping the emails, you can avoid misunderstandings and ensure everyone is on the same page.

3. Organize Emails Based on Criteria

Organizing your emails based on specific criteria, such as sender, subject, or date, can be helpful in managing your inbox. By ungrouping your emails, you can use Gmail’s search and filtering tools to sort the individual messages according to your preferences. This can be useful when looking for specific emails or when trying to categorize your messages.

For example, if you’re looking for emails from a specific sender, you can use the search bar to find all emails from that sender, even if they were in different conversations. By ungrouping the emails, you can easily sort and organize your inbox in a way that makes sense for you.

4. Reduce Clutter

When you have a lot of emails in a conversation or thread, it can make your inbox feel cluttered and overwhelming. By ungrouping the emails, each message will appear separately, making it easier to see which messages require your attention and which ones you can ignore.

This is especially helpful when you receive a lot of emails and need to quickly scan your inbox for important messages. By ungrouping the emails, you can streamline your inbox and make it easier to manage.

5. Avoid Replying to the Wrong Gmail Message

Sometimes, when emails are grouped or threaded, it can be easy to accidentally reply to the wrong message in the conversation. By ungrouping the emails, you can avoid this mistake, as each message will be separate, and you can reply to the specific message you want to respond to.

This is important to ensure that you’re communicating effectively and not sending a message to the wrong recipient. By ungrouping the emails, you can avoid confusion and ensure that your messages are going to the right people.

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