I have nothing against Google’s Meet video conferencing platform — I’ve actually used it a few times — but I can’t help but be annoyed when the feature is pushed to me through other apps. Specifically, Gmail. Meet first appeared on the desktop Gmail app in Spring 2020, but it didn’t take up much space and was fairly easy to ignore (or remove from your screen, if you’d like).
A few months later, however, Meet made its way to the Gmail mobile app via two tabs at the bottom of the screen: one labeled “Mail” and one labeled “Meet.” The problem here is not only that you are being pushed to use a particular video conferencing app when all you want to do is check your email, but it also takes up space, increasing the bottom margin of the app and making you look like that. about three less will get lines to work with.
If you plan to use Meet regularly, you might not mind. But if you don’t and you want to get rid of the redundant tabs, here’s how to do it. These instructions apply to the Gmail app on both Android and iOS.
- Select the three-line “hamburger” icon in the top left corner, scroll down and tap “Settings”.
- Select the Gmail account you want to change.
- Scroll down to the ‘Meet’ category and uncheck ‘Show the Meet tab for video calls’.
And that’s it! You’ve freed up some space in your Gmail app and can now use Zoom or any video conferencing app without having to be constantly reminded of Meet.
Update July 28, 2021, 1:50 PM ET: This article was originally published on August 11, 2020. The introductory text has been edited and a screenshot has been replaced to reflect a change in Gmail’s interface.