Google rolled out Google Meet, a revamped version of its Hangouts Meet video chat program, in April 2020 and made the app available to anyone with a Google account. You can start or join a Meet video conference right from your Gmail inbox, using the buttons Google has placed on the left side of the page.
But what if you don’t plan on using Meet, or even if you don’t want it to be there all the time? Don’t worry – you can hide the buttons. (Note: If you have a Google Workspace corporate account, you may not be able to change it, depending on your admin settings.)
To hide Google Meet in Gmail, do the following:
- Open Gmail.
- Click on the gear icon in the top right corner and on ‘View all settings’.
- Click on the ‘Chat & Meet’ tab.
- Next to the ‘Meet:’ label, select ‘Hide the Meet section from the main menu’.
- Click on ‘Save changes’.
That is it! And even if you hide the Meet shortcut in Gmail, you can always access Meet by going to https://meet.google.com/.
Update July 28, 2021, 11:30 a.m. ET: This article was originally published on June 4, 2020; there have been minor tweaks to the text and one of the screenshots has been updated to reflect changes to the interface.