How to Get Rid of Those Irritating Meet, Chat, and Spaces Tabs in Gmail Mobile

I have nothing against Google’s Meet video conferencing platform – in fact, I’ve used it a few times – but I can’t help but be annoyed when the feature is pushed to me via others apps. Specifically, Gmail. Meet first appeared on the Gmail desktop app in the spring of 2020, but it didn’t take up much space and was relatively easy to ignore (or remove from your screen, if you wanted).

A few months later, however, Meet made its way onto the Gmail mobile app via two tabs at the bottom of the screen: one labeled “Mail” and the other labeled “Meet”. The problem wasn’t just that I was being pressured into using a particular video conferencing app when all I wanted to do was check my email, but it was also taking up space, widening the bottom margin of the application and giving me about three less lines to work with.

And then, in mid-2021, Google added two additional icons for its Chat and Spaces apps.

Gmail with Meet, Chat and Spaces icons.

Remove icons for additional messaging space.

Remove icons for additional messaging space.

Now, it may be convenient for some people to have these tabs at the bottom of their Gmail pages. It is very good. But if you want to maximize your messaging space, you can easily get rid of all three tabs (the messaging tab, which appears with them, will automatically disappear).

Here’s how. These instructions apply to the Gmail app on Android and iOS.

  • Select the three-line “burger” icon in the upper left corner, scroll down, and tap “Settings.”
  • Select the Gmail account you want to edit.
  • Scroll down to Chat and uncheck “Show chat and spaces tabs”.
  • Once you’ve done that, Gmail will take you back to your main screen. Return to that same account’s Settings page, scroll down to the “Meet” category, and uncheck “Show Meet tab for video calls.”

You can uncheck Chat to remove this icon.

You can uncheck Chat to remove this icon.

You can also uncheck

You can also uncheck “Show Meet tab”.

And that’s all! You have reclaimed space on your Gmail app.

Updated July 28, 2021, 1:50 p.m. ET: This article was originally published on August 11, 2020. The introductory text has been edited and a screenshot has been replaced to reflect a change in Gmail’s interface.

Updated February 11, 2022, 9:20 a.m.: This article has been amended to include Chat and Spaces as well as Meet.


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