I’ve nothing in opposition to Google’s Meet videoconferencing platform — in truth, I’ve used it just a few instances — however I can’t assist being aggravated when the function is pushed at me by way of different apps. Particularly, Gmail. Meet first appeared on the desktop Gmail app in the spring of 2020, nevertheless it didn’t take up a lot house and was moderately simple to ignore (or take away out of your display screen, in case you so wished).
A couple of months later, nonetheless, Meet made its approach onto the cell Gmail app by way of two tabs on the backside of the display screen: one labeled “Mail” and one labeled “Meet.” The issue right here isn’t solely that you’re being pushed to use a specific videoconferencing app whereas all you need to do is verify your e mail, nevertheless it additionally takes up house, increasing the underside margin of the app and supplying you with roughly three fewer strains to work with.
Gmail with the brand new bottom-screen tabs.
Gmail with out the brand new bottom-screen tabs.
When you plan to use Meet frequently, chances are you’ll not thoughts. However in case you don’t and you need to get rid of the surplus tabs, right here’s the way you do it. These directions apply to the Gmail app on each Android and iOS.
- Choose the three-line “hamburger” icon in the higher left nook, scroll down, and faucet on “Settings.”
- Choose the Gmail account you need to change.
- Scroll down to the “Meet” class and uncheck “Present the Meet tab for video calling.”
Go to your Gmail settings.
Uncheck “Present the Meet tab for video calling.”
And that’s it! You’ve reclaimed some house in your Gmail app and can now use Zoom or no matter videoconferencing app you like with out having to be continually reminded of Meet.
Replace July twenty eighth, 2021, 1:50PM ET: This text was initially revealed on August eleventh, 2020. The introductory textual content has been tweaked, and a screenshot has been changed to mirror a change in Gmail’s interface.