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What is Gmail talk mode and how do I use, activate or deactivate it?

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What is conversation mode in Gmail?

When Gmail conversation mode is on, all messages belonging to the same conversation are grouped together. Then you will only see one line in your inbox.

Gmail is based on the subject of the mail (the subject) and the responses given by correspondents. As long as you reply without changing the subject of the email, it stays in the same conversation.

How do I use Gmail’s conversation mode?

Specifically, when exchanging multiple emails between 2 people (or more):

  • if conversation mode is activated, then all messages are grouped. Only one line appears in the inbox with the correspondent’s name and the number of messages in the conversation. If you click, go directly to the last unread message in the conversation. This message appears at the bottom. It is not possible to change the display order in a conversation (except with an extension, see below).
  • if conversation mode is disabledthen each message is displayed independently in the inbox, in chronological order (most recent at the top)

How to enable Gmail conversation mode

on computer, Android or iPhone

To set up chat mode on your computer and activate it

  1. Open Gmail and log into your account
  2. At the top right, click on Settings ⚙️ and then on Show all parameters
  3. Scroll down the page until you find the “Threads” section.
  4. check box Chat mode
  5. If Gmail displays a dialog asking to update Gmail, click Reload

Access to the “Gmail conversation mode” option:

Gmail chat mode
Gmail conversation mode settings guide

If Gmail asks you to update, that’s normal:

activate Conversation mode (Gmail)
Update to apply the update and enable Conversation mode (Gmail)

How to disable conversation mode in Gmail on computer

To stop conversation mode and deactivate it:

  1. Open Gmail
  2. At the top right, click on Settings ⚙️ and then on Show all parameters
  3. Scroll down the page until you find the “Threads” section.
  4. Uncheck box Chat mode
  5. If Gmail displays a dialog asking to update Gmail, click Reload

If Gmail asks you to update, that’s normal:

disable conversation mode (Gmail)
Update to update and disable conversation mode (Gmail)

How to choose conversation mode on Android and activate it

To put Gmail into conversation mode on Android:

  1. To open the Gmail app
  2. At the top left, tap Menu, then tap Settings ⚙️
  3. Tap your account address to select the correct one if you have more than one
  4. check the “Conversation View” or “Conversation View” option.

How to remove conversation mode on Android and turn it off

To remove conversation mode from Gmail on Android:

  1. To open the Gmail app
  2. At the top left, tap Menu, then tap Settings ⚙️
  3. Tap your account address to select the correct one if you have more than one
  4. Uncheck the “Conversation View” option.

How to choose conversation mode on iPhone and turn it on

To use Gmail conversation mode on iPhone:

  1. To open the Gmail app
  2. At the top left, tap Menu, then tap Settings ⚙️
  3. Tap your account address to select the correct one if you have more than one
  4. Activate “Conversation mode”

How to remove conversation mode on iPhone and turn it off

To stop Gmail talk mode on iPhone:

  1. To open the Gmail app
  2. At the top left, tap Menu, then tap Settings ⚙️
  3. Tap your account address to select the correct one if you have more than one
  4. deactivate “Conversation mode”

Other questions

How to not group messages by conversation in Gmail?

To prevent Gmail from grouping emails into one conversation, you need to turn off conversation mode. It is possible on computer, Android or iPhone.

How to prevent an email from being grouped in the same discussion?

Even if the conversation mode is active, you can prevent an email from being grouped with others: just change the subject of the email before sending the message.

How does Gmail recognize group messages in the conversation?

Messages are grouped if each email meets the following criteria:
– The recipient, sender or subject of the e-mail is identical to that of a previous message.
– A referral header is associated with the same ID as a previous message.
– The message was sent less than a week after a previous message.

How can I change the order of messages in conversation mode?

Gmail doesn’t let you change the order of messages in a conversation (the most recent is at the bottom). You can do this on the desktop by adding a Chrome extension (search for Gmail reverse conversation)

How to separate emails in Gmail?

To separate the emails that Gmail groups into a conversation, you need to turn off conversation mode. Follow the guide on computer, Android or iPhone.

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