Gmail with Google Meet in the SidebarSource: Ara Wagoner / Android Central

Google Meet is now available to everyone with a Google account, and Google would very much like you to start using Google Meet for your video calls and conferences. To this end, Google has done what it seems to always do when it wants people to use one of its services: it stuffs it into a Gmail menu! And rather than sticking it in the right-hand menu with Tasks, Calendar, and Keep, Google has instead put Meet in the left-hand sidebar, where all of our folders and categories are. If you want to get back some space on the sidebar for more important options, Google did give us a way to get Google Meet off it, and here's where it's hiding!

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How to remove Google Meet from your Gmail sidebar

  1. Open the Gmail website on a desktop computer.
  2. Click the settings gear.

    Gmail's main pageSource: Android Central

  3. Click see all settings.

    Gmail settings sidebarSource: Android Central

  4. Click on the Chat and Meet tab of the settings menu.

    Gmail's settingsSource: Android Central

  5. Click Hide the Meet section in the main menu.

    Google Meet and Chat settings in GmailSource: Android Central

  6. Click Save Changes.

    Google Meet and Chat settings in GmailSource: Android Central

Once the changes save, you'll be taken back to your inbox, and the options to create or join a meeting will be gone from the left-hand menu. You can still, of course, create or join a Meeting from the Google Meet website, but Gmail is undoubtedly cluttered enough without Google Meet taking up valuable space.

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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