Modified 07 March 2017 by Ian Weatherhogg

When you're included in a long email conversation that isn't relevant, you can mute the conversation to keep all future emails out of your inbox.

If you're wanting to press mute on a conversation or dig up a muted email thread that wasn't relevant at the time, let us tell you how.

To mute an email thread, simply:

  • Within Gmail
  • Open the email conversation you want to mute
  • Click more and in the drop down menu select mute

Alternatively you can select (click the checkbox) several messages from within the Inbox view and mute them all with one operation:

  • Within Gmail Inbox view
  • Click the checkbox to the left of the message thread to select messages
  • Click more and in the drop down menu select mute

When a conversation is muted, any new message will bypass your inbox so that the conversation stays archived. Muted conversations will reappear in your inbox if a new message in the conversation is addressed to you and no one else, or if you're added to the "To" or "Cc" line in a new message.

To find a muted thread, use the is:muted search in the Gmail search box and for any you wish to unmute:

  • Select the conversation, click the More button and select Unmute.