User removing the Google Meet section in Gmail sidebar

Google is trying hard to push Google Meet by promoting it in Gmail. If you have no interest in starting video calls or chatting in Gmail, here’s how to disable Hangouts Chat and Google Meet in Gmail sidebar.

First, open the Gmail inbox where you want to disable Google Meet and Hangouts Chat. Click the “Settings” button in the top-right corner.

Click the Gear icon in Gmail

Now, select the “Settings” option to access Gmail’s settings.

Choose the Settings option in Gmail

In Gmail’s settings, click the “Chat  And Meet” tab..

Switch to Chat and Meet section

To disable the Hangouts Chat section, select “Chat Off” to the right of Chat.

To disable the Google Meet section, select “Hide The Meet Section In The Main Menu” to the right of “Meet.”

Click the “Save Changes” button when you’re done.

Disable Hangouts Chat and Google Meet in Gmail Sidebar then click Save Changes

Gmail will reload, and you’ll see that both the Hangouts Chat and Google Meet sections have disappeared from the Gmail sidebar!

No Google Meet or Hangouts Chat sections in Gmail Sidebar

Google is slowly rolling out the feature to disable the Google Meet section. If you don’t see it right away, try again in a couple of days.


Now that you have cleaned up the sidebar sections, take a look at our complete guide to customizing Gmail’s web interface.

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