How to Sort Gmail Email Conversations Chronologically by Sender

Gmail allows you to easily sort your email conversations in various ways to keep your inbox organized. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to sort Gmail email conversations chronologically by sender:

Use Gmail’s Built-in Sorting and Grouping Features

Gmail has built-in sorting and grouping features that allow you to organize conversations by date sent and by sender:

Sort by Date

  1. Click on the down arrow next to the search bar at the top
  2. Select “Date within” from the drop-down menu
  3. Choose a time period like “Past day”, “Past week”, etc. to sort conversations sent within that period chronologically

Group by Sender

  1. Click on the down arrow next to the search bar at the top
  2. Select “Group by” from the drop-down menu
  3. Choose “Sender” to group conversations together by sender in alphabetical order

This will neatly group together all email conversations from each sender in reverse chronological order within each sender’s group.

Use Gmail Search Operators

You can also use Gmail search operators to sort by sender and date sent:

Sort by Sender

Use the from: operator followed by the sender’s email address:

from:[email protected]

This will show all conversations from that sender in reverse chronological order.

Sort by Date Sent

Use the after: and before: operators to show conversations sent during a particular date range:

after:2023/01/01 before:2023/01/31

This will show all conversations sent in January 2023, sorted chronologically.

You can combine these search operators to sort conversations from a particular sender during a particular date range.

Create Filters

For more complex or recurring sorts, you can create filters in Gmail:

  1. Click the filter icon next to the search bar
  2. Enter your search criteria using operators like from: and after:
  3. Scroll down and click “Create filter”
  4. Choose “Apply the label:” and select a label or create a new one
  5. Click “Create filter”

This will automatically apply the selected label to new conversations matching your criteria. You can then easily access these filtered conversations by selecting that label.

Use Third-Party Apps

There are also third-party apps like Clean Email and Right Inbox that offer advanced filtering, sorting and organization functionality for Gmail. These may provide an easier way to chronologically sort Gmail conversations by sender.


With Gmail’s built-in tools, search operators, filters, and third-party apps – you have various ways to effectively sort your email conversations chronologically by sender. Using the right approach for your needs will help you keep an organized, clutter-free inbox.