I have nothing against Google’s Meet videoconferencing platform — in fact, I’ve used it a few times — but I can’t help being annoyed when the feature is pushed at me via other apps. Specifically, Gmail. Meet first appeared on the desktop Gmail app in the spring of 2020, but it did not take up much space and was reasonably easy to ignore (or remove from your screen, if you so wished).
A few months later, however, Meet made its way onto the mobile Gmail app via two tabs at the bottom of the screen: one labeled “Mail” and one labeled “Meet.” The problem here isn’t only that you’re being pushed to use a particular videoconferencing app while all you want to do is check your email, but it also takes up space, expanding the bottom margin of the app and giving you approximately three fewer lines to work with.
If you plan to use Meet regularly, you may not mind. But if you don’t and you want to get rid of the excess tabs, here’s how you do it. These instructions apply to the Gmail app on both Android and iOS.
- Select the three-line “hamburger” icon in the upper left corner, scroll down, and tap on “Settings.”
- Select the Gmail account you want to change.
- Scroll down to the “Meet” category and uncheck “Show the Meet tab for video calling.”
And that’s it! You’ve reclaimed some space on your Gmail app and can now use Zoom or whatever videoconferencing app you prefer without having to be constantly reminded of Meet.
Update July 28th, 2021, 1:50PM ET: This article was originally published on August 11th, 2020. The introductory text has been tweaked, and a screenshot has been replaced to reflect a change in Gmail’s interface.