How to Disable Google Chat in Gmail on Web and Mobile

How to Disable Google Chat in Gmail on Web and Mobile


Disable google chat from gmail

With the announcement and the recent changes, Google is playing dangerously with Gmail’s main interface – one of its most beloved products of all time. You will soon see the integration of Google Chat, Rooms (will be renamed Spaces) and Meet directly into Gmail’s web and mobile.

These products compete indirectly with other products on the market. If you’re already using these competing services, there’s no point in using Google’s half-baked products in the Gmail interface.

Instead of keeping it separate, Google integrates everything into the Gmail house. This can be overwhelming for someone who uses Gmail just for email. If you are one of those, follow the steps below to remove any chat add-ons from the Gmail app.

Disable Google Chat from Gmail Web

Fortunately, Google has added an option to completely disable Google Chat on the web. Follow the steps below.

Step 1: Go to Gmail on the web.

2nd step: Sign in using Google Account credentials.

Step 3: Those using the new Gmail interface will see Google Chat, Rooms, and Google Meet in the left sidebar.

Step 4: Click the Settings icon in the upper right corner.

Select Gmail settings


Select Gmail settings

Step 5: Select View all settings from the next menu.

Select see all settings


Select see all settings

Step 6: Go to the Chat & Meet menu.

Select the chat and meet option


Select the chat and meet option

Step 7: You can either go back to the classic version of Hangouts or turn off Google Chat altogether.

Disable Google Chat on the Web


Disable Google Chat on the Web

In the same menu, you can also change the position of Google Chat from left to right. Remember to press the Save Changes button at the bottom before exiting the interface. Otherwise, you won’t see the changes applied to Gmail.

That’s it. You have successfully deactivated Google Chat from Gmail on the web.

Disable Google Chat from Gmail Mobile

The above changes only apply to the Gmail web app. There are separate settings to turn off Google Chat on Android and iPhone.

Gmail Android app

As expected, Google has also integrated Google Chat on Gmail Android and iPhone. Follow the steps below to disable it on Android.

Step 1: Open the Gmail app on your Android phone.

2nd step: Tap the hamburger menu and go to Settings.

Step 3: Select the Google account.

Gmail settings on Android


Gmail settings on Android

Disable google chat in android gmail app


Disable google chat in android gmail app

Step 4: On the General tab, turn off the Chat option and you are good to go.

Gmail app for iOS

The steps to turn off Google Chat on iPhone are more or less similar to those for Android.

Step 1: Open the Gmail app and go to Settings.

2nd step: Select the Gmail ID for which you want to deactivate Google Chat.

Gmail settings on i Phone


Gmail settings on i Phone

Disable google chat in android gmail app


Disable google chat in android gmail app

Step 3: You will find Chat under the General menu. Turn off the toggle and enjoy a simplified Gmail experience on mobile.

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Remove Google Meet from Gmail

Google already offers a dedicated Google Meet web app for enjoying group video calls with friends, family and colleagues.

To work from a single interface, Google has also added Google Meet in Gmail. This might be an irrelevant add-on for someone relying on Zoom or Microsoft Teams for video calling needs. Read on to learn how to remove Google Meet from Gmail.

Step 1: Go to Gmail on the web.

2nd step: Sign in using Google Account credentials.

Step 3: Click the Settings icon in the upper right corner.

Select Gmail settings


Select Gmail settings

Step 4: Select View all settings from the next menu.

Select see all settings


Select see all settings

Step 5: Go to the Chat & Meet menu.

Select the chat and meet option


Select the chat and meet option

Step 6: Select Hide Meet Section from the main menu option.

Disable google meet from gmail on the web


Disable google meet from gmail on the web

Step 7: Tap Save Changes at the bottom and you’ll see Google Meet disappear from the Gmail house.

Streamline the Gmail experience

Gmail is the primary email service for millions of people. If you’re looking for a simplistic interface, Google Chat, Rooms, and Meet can leave a bloated experience. Follow the steps above and completely remove Google Chat and Google Meet from Gmail web and mobile.

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Last updated on June 15, 2021

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