I have nothing against Google's Meet video conferencing platform – I've even used it a couple of times with relatives – but I can't help but get annoyed when the feature slips over to me through other apps. In particular, Gmail. Meet first appeared in the desktop Gmail app last spring, but it didn't take up much space and was relatively easy to ignore (or remove from your screen if you wish).
However, Meet now enters the Gmail mobile app via two tabs that will eventually (if not already) appear at the bottom of the screen: one labeled "Mail" and one labeled "Meet". The problem with this is not only is it pushing you into using a particular video conferencing app while all you want to do is check your email, but it also takes up space, expands the bottom of the app, and you around three fewer lines get to work with.
Gmail with the new tabs at the bottom of the screen.
Gmail without the new tabs at the bottom of the screen.
If you plan to use Meet on a regular basis, you may not mind. However, if you don't and want to remove the excess tabs, here's how. These instructions apply to the Gmail app on Android and iOS.
- Select the three-line "Hamburger" icon in the top left corner, scroll down and tap "Settings."
- Select the Gmail account you want to change.
- Scroll down to the Meetings category and uncheck Show Meetings Tab For Video Calls.
Go to your Gmail settings.
Deselect "Show Meet Tab For Video Calls."
And that's it! You've reclaimed space in your Gmail app and you can now use Zoom or any of your favorite video conferencing apps without constant reminders to Meet.