Google introduced Google Meet, a redesigned version of Hangouts Meet in April 2020 and made it available to everyone with a Google account. Use the buttons on the left-hand side to join or start a Meet videoconference.
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/.
Updated July 28th, 2021 at 11:30 AM ET:This article was originally published in June 2020. A few minor changes have been made to the text and one screenshot has been updated with interface changes.