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Compose and reply to emails in the conversations inbox

Last updated: February 7, 2024

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After you set up your conversations inbox and connect a team email address to the inbox, learn how to send emails to your contacts directly from the inbox.

If you're using the HubSpot mobile app, learn how to respond to emails using conversations on mobile.

Please note: if you're not able to reply to a thread, make sure you're added as a team member in the inbox's Access settings. When an inbox is only visible to specific users and teams, only the users and teams selected can view and reply to incoming conversations. Users with Account Access or Super admin permissions can view any conversations inbox in the account, but cannot take actions in the inbox, such as replying to a thread, unless they are added as a team member.

Compose an email

Compose an email in the inbox to start a conversation with your contacts.

  • In your HubSpot account, navigate to CRM > Inbox.
  • In the lower-left corner, click Compose.


  • In the pop-up box in the bottom right:
    • Click the To dropdown menu and search for a contact's name.
    • Click the From dropdown menu to send from another connected team email address.
    • In the Subject field, enter your subject line.
  • Click Send. The outgoing email will be logged to the recipient's contact record.

You can view the outgoing email in the Sent view in your conversations inbox. If you included any attachments in the outgoing email, the attachments will also log to the record's timeline.

Please note: if your email server is running security software that scans attachments when receiving emails, HubSpot might not be able to log attachments that are included in email replies or incoming emails sent to your team email address. For example, if your Office 365 servers are running Advanced Threat Protection with Dynamic Delivery enabled, the attachments might not log.

Respond to an email conversation

Reply to any messages sent to your team email address in the inbox. A new contact record will be created for any incoming messages if a contact record using that email address doesn't already exist.

Please note: if an incoming email does not appear in your conversations inbox, check your Office 365 email account's SPAM or JUNK folder. Emails that are sent to the SPAM or JUNK folder in an Office 365 inbox will not appear in the conversations inbox.

  • In your HubSpot account, navigate to CRM > Inbox.
  • In the left panel, click an email conversation to open it.
  • Review the email reply. If the email is larger than 100 KB, scroll to the bottom of the thread and click View entire message to open the full email in another browser tab.
  • In the reply editor, write your response.
    • Use the icons across the bottom of the email editor to modify your text style, insert a link, add an image, include an emoji, or upload a file. You can also drag and drop files from your computer into the reply editor.
    • To add a document, snippet, meeting link, knowledge base article, quote, or video in your response, click Insert.
  • When you're done with your message, click Send.


  • If you need to CC or BCC additional recipients, add more recipients in the To field, or edit the From email address, click the menu verticalMenu in the top right to expand the editing options. You can click the down next to the From name to switch between the From addresses of your connected team email channels.


  • When the conversation is over, click suClose conversation in the upper right. If there is a ticket associated with the conversation, the user can close the ticket and the conversation at the same time, or just close the conversation by clicking the More dropdown menu and selecting Close conversation.

You can also reassign a conversation, comment on a thread, move a conversation to another inbox, forward an email to another team, or make a call from the reply editor. Learn more about collaborating with your team in the inbox.

Please note: if you forward emails to the conversations inbox, keep in mind that an email with a subject line that contains "FW" or "FWD" will be logged to the original sender's record. When these prefixes are included in the subject line, HubSpot looks for contact information in the original email. HubSpot will review the plain text version of the email for this information. Learn more about managing your forwarding settings.

Reply to messages using the Slack integration

If you've connected the Slack integration to your HubSpot account and set up notifications for your conversations inbox, you can reply to WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and live chat messages directly through Slack.

You can reply in the associated Slack thread and it will automatically sync with the corresponding conversation in your inbox.


Please note: replying from Slack is not currently supported for connected email and form channels.

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