Tech tips: Bothered by the Google Meet tab on Gmail? Here is how Android and iPhone users can remove it

Once users tap on the Meet option, they will be directed to a new page where they can either start a new meeting or join a new meeting. This can be annoying for users who want to simply check their mail and want to treat Google Meet as a separate entity altogether.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Gmail users can disable the Google Meet tab from the Gmail app or its desktop version.
  • Gmail for desktop and the apps recently added Google Meet to their interface by default.
  • Google Meet can be used separately via mobile apps for iOS or Android or desktop with a Gmail account through meet.google.com.

When you open Gmail on a desktop or any of the Gmail apps, they will also see the Google Meet tab. This can be annoying for users who want to simply check their mail and want to treat Google Meet as a separate entity altogether. Gmail for desktop and the apps recently added Google Meet to their interface by default. Once users tap on the Meet option, they will be directed to a new page where they can either start a new meeting or join a new meeting. To disable the Google Meet tab entirely, users can follow the given steps:

For desktop:

— Open the Gmail app. Go to the three-lined icon in the top right corner to bring up a menu.

— Go to the Settings option from the scroll-down menu.

— From the Settings menu, select your Gmail account name.

— Under the General section, there will be an option to enable or disable Google Meet.

— Use the turn-off toggle to disable Google Meet or uncheck the box that reads “Show the Meet Tab for video calling.”

For Android and iPhone users:

The steps here are similar to those with desktop users. To disable Google Meet tab in Gmail:

— Open Gmail.

— Select the three-line hamburger icon in the upper left corner.

— Scroll down till you see the Settings option.

— Select the Gmail account from which you want to disable the Google Meet tab if you have multiple accounts.

— Scroll down to the “Meet” category and uncheck “Show the Meet tab for video calling.”
Users having the Meet app can still use it separately as it will not become defunct. Whenever users make calls using the app, it will not redirect them to Gmail.

To add people to a video meeting by phone, users should follow these steps:

— Open Google Meet.

— Join a video meeting.

— Tap on the information icon.

— Click on share.

— Select the mode of sharing link through text or email. Then, a link to the meeting and dial-in numbers will open in the text or email.

Google Meet is available for free on the web at meet.google.com and via mobile apps for iOS or Android. Users with a Gmail account can sign in at meet.google.com to activate their Meet account.

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