How to Remove the New ‘Meet’ Tab in Gmail

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with Google‘s Meet video conferencing service and platform​ – lost of people are using it to connect with their relatives or coworkers – but the fact that the feature is being pushed at users via other apps is rather uncomfortable and annoying.

We are talking about Gmail, you’ve guessed it.

What’s With the New Tabs?

Google Meet first launched on the desktop Gmail app last spring, but it did not occupy lots of space and was also reasonably easy to ignore, or even remove from your display if you wanted so.

Now, however, Google Meet is making its way onto the mobile Gmail application via two tabs, which will ultimately appear (if they haven’t already) at the bottom of your display. One is labeled ‘Mail’ and the other ‘Meet.’

The issue here is not only that you’re practically forced to use a particular video conferencing application while all you want to do is check your email, but it also occupies space, widening the bottom edge of the app and allowing you to work with about three fewer lines. 

How to Get Rid of the ‘Meet’ Tab

If you plan to use the feature on a regular basis, you may not mind having it at hand in the Gmail app. But if you don’t need it and want to remove the additional tabs, here’s how to do it.

These instructions are useful for the Gmail app on both Android and iOS mobile devices:

  • Tap on the three-line ‘hamburger’ icon in the upper left corner of the screen
  • Scroll down and open the ‘Settings’ option
  • Select the Gmail account you want to change
  • Scroll all the way down to the ‘Meet’ category and uncheck the ‘Show the Meet tab for video calling’ option

That’s all. You have now reclaimed some space on your app and can use Zoom or another video conferencing app you want to use without having to constantly be reminded of Google Meet.

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