I don't know about you, but in all the time I've owned a smartphone, I've probably tried more than a half-dozen different Android email apps. No matter how many excellent gimmicks or new features they have, though, I always end up back in the loving arms of the original Gmail app thanks to its consistency, familiarity, and overall simplicity. Generally speaking, it has everything I need and nothing that I don't want. Well, that is, until Google went and stuffed a giant Google Meet, Google Chat, and Rooms tabs at the bottom of my inbox. If this annoys you as much as it does me, I'll show you how you can get rid of those Google Meet, Google Chat, and Rooms tabs and return your Gmail inbox to the simple space it once was (Just don't worry about the unread count. Those will go away, I promise!).
How to disable the Google Meet tab in Gmail on Android
- Open the Gmail app on your Android phone.
- Tap on the hamburger menu at the top left corner (three lines).
- When the navigation bar slides over from the screen's left side, scroll down and tap on Settings.
- If you have a unified mailbox, choose an account and tap on the Gmail address. If you only have one Gmail account active in the app, tap on that address.
- Scroll down and tap on the toggle to the right of the Meet link to turn off this unwanted feature.
Turning off those toggles will instantly remove the Google Meet, Google Chat, and Rooms tabs from the bottom of your inbox.
For this demonstration, I had to manually toggle on the Google Chat feature, as it was set to off by default. However, now you know where it lives if you want to try it out or turn it back off again.
Note that you will need to repeat these steps for each separate Gmail account you have active in the app. Now you can experience a less cluttered Gmail inbox!
Be sure to check out our roundup of the best Google Meet tips and tricks for more ways to get the most out of this robust communication app.
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Jeramy is proud to help *Keep Austin Weird* and loves hiking in the hill country of central Texas with a breakfast taco in each hand. When he's not writing about smart home gadgets and wearables, he's defending his relationship with his smart voice assistants to his family. You can follow him on Twitter at @jeramyutgw.
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