Hot topics

How to hide the Meet tab in the Gmail app

NextPit gmail
© XanderSt /

Read in other languages:

Google has recently integrated Google Meet into the Gmail app for both Android and iOS platforms. Learn how to hide the Meet shortcut in order to free up some visual space for your emails on your smartphone's or tablet's display.

The shortcut bar in the Gmail app may even be getting further cluttered in the future. Google might accommodate more of its services such as Google Chat (the successor to Hangouts) and Rooms here. Hence, we'll also teach you how to hide (or show) the new shortcuts, just in case Google decides to tamper again with the app's interface and clutters it up.

Removing the Meet tab in Gmail

With the Gmail app open, simply follow these steps as outlined:

  1. Tap the ≡ menu button
  2. Scroll to the bottom and select Settings
  3. Choose the desired user account (you can use different settings for each profile)
  4. Scroll down and uncheck "Show the Meet tab for video calling"
2021 06 21 Gmail Meet Chat EN 1
The option is listed near the bottom of the Settings screen / © NextPit

Once you have done so, the Gmail app will close and relaunch while featuring a larger viewing area to display your emails. Depending on the size of your device display, screen resolution, and display density, the app may display approximately one more email in place of the Google Meet shortcut.

2021 06 21 Gmail Meet Chat EN 2
Before (left) and after (center). You can also enable shortcuts to the Google Chat service (right) / © NextPit

Bonus: How to enable or disable the Google Chat tab

Following the same steps, you can also integrate Google Chat in the Gmail app. The option is labeled as "Show the Chat and Rooms tabs". Unchecking the option disables the shortcut. So just in case Google displays the tab by default in the future, you know how to deactivate it already.

The best camera phones to buy in 2024

  Editor's Choice The Best Android Alternative The Best Camera iPhone The Best Camera Under $1,000 The Best Camera Under $600 The Best Camera Under $500 The Best Camera Foldable
Image Google Pixel 8 Pro Product Image Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Product Image Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max Product Image Google Pixel 8 Product Image Google Pixel 7 Product Image Google Pixel 7a Product Image OnePlus Open Product Image
Review: Google Pixel 8 Pro
Review: Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra
Review: Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
Review: Google Pixel 8
Review: Google Pixel 7
Review: Google Pixel 7a
Review: OnePlus Open
Go to comment (2)
Rubens Eishima

Rubens Eishima

Having written about technology since 2008 for a number of websites in Brazil, Spain, Denmark, and Germany, I specialize in the mobile ecosystem, including various models, components, and apps. I tend to not only value performance and specifications, but also things like repairability, durability, and manufacturer support. I tend to prioritize the end-user's point of view whenever possible.

View all articles
Liked this article? Share now!
Recommended articles
Latest articles
Push notification Next article
Write new comment:
All changes will be saved. No drafts are saved when editing
Write new comment:
All changes will be saved. No drafts are saved when editing

  • 49
    storm Jun 22, 2021 Link to comment

    Gmail is better accessed through a 3rd party app such as K-9. You get to dodge all the hinkiness, use multiple accounts without google snooping on the other accounts and more.

    • Stefan Möllenhoff 39
      Stefan Möllenhoff
      • Admin
      • Staff
      Jun 22, 2021 Link to comment

      Thank you for the tip, that's of course a smart idea for being (somewhat) independent :)