Google rolled out Google Meet, a revamped version of its video chatting program Hangouts Meet, in April 2020, and made the app available to anyone with a Google account. You can start or join a Meet videoconference right from your Gmail inbox, using the buttons that Google has placed on the left-hand side of the page.
But what if you don’t intend to use Meet, or even if you just don’t want it to be there all the time? No worries — you can hide the buttons. (Note: if you’re on a corporate Google Workspace account, you may not be able to change this, depending on your administrator’s settings.)
Here’s how to hide Google Meet in Gmail:
- Open Gmail.
- Click on the cog icon in the top-right corner and on “See all settings.”
- Click on the “Chat and Meet” tab.
- Next to the “Meet:” label, select “Hide the Meet section in the main menu.”
- Click “Save changes.”
That’s it! And even if you hide the Meet shortcut in Gmail, you can always access Meet by going to https://meet.google.com/.
Update July 28th, 2021, 11:30AM ET: This article was originally published on June 4th, 2020; there have been slight tweaks in the text, and one of the screenshots has been updated to reflect interface changes.