I have nothing against Google’s Meet video conferencing platform – I’ve even used it a couple of times with loved ones – but I couldn’t help but get annoyed when the feature was pushed to me through other apps . Namely Gmail. Meet first appeared on the Gmail desktop app last spring, but it doesn’t take up a lot of space and is fairly easy to dismiss (or remove from your desktop, if you want to).
However, Meet is now entering the Gmail mobile app through the last two tabs that will appear (if they aren’t already) at the bottom of your screen: one labeled “Mail”; and one with the label “Meet”. The point here is that not only are you motivated to use a specific video conferencing application while all you want to do is check your email, but also take up space, expanding the bottom margin of the application. and gives you about three less lines to work with.
If you plan to use Meet on a regular basis, you might not mind. But if you haven’t done so and you want to get rid of redundant tabs, here’s how you do it. These instructions apply to the Gmail app on both Android and iOS.
- Select the three-line “hamburger” icon in the upper left corner, scroll down and tap on “Settings”.
- Select the Gmail account you want to change.
- Scroll down to the “Meet” category and uncheck “Show the Meetings for video calling” tab.
And that’s it! You’ve regained some space on your Gmail app, and can now use Zoom or whatever video conferencing app you like without having to constantly talk about Meet.