The new Google Meet integration in the Gmail app is less obvious. This feature takes up most of the view, the screen real estate that, you know, email is supposed to occupy. While Google doesn’t require you to live with the integration, it doesn’t explain how to disable it. That’s where we come in.
It’s not difficult to return your Gmail homepage to its previous full screen view. The problem is only Google buries those settings.
To find it, tap the hamburger menu at the top left, then tap “Settings”. From here, tap the email account you want to apply these settings to, then scroll down to the Meet section. Here, all you need to do is tap the check mark next to “Show Meet tab for video calls”, and voila – the Meet tab is gone, at least for the email account you selected.
And therein lies another problem – Google links this setting to individual accounts, which is why you need to head over to account settings to disable it. While it’s nice to have the option to turn Meet on or off per account, it’s a little annoying to disable the feature for each account you’ve connected to Gmail.
If you’re on iOS, chances are you haven’t had this problem (yet). As of this article, only Gmail for Android has Meet integration, which means, for now, Gmail for iOS doesn’t hurt. We believe it is only a matter of time, however, before iPhone users will have to face the same unnecessary hurdle. We will update this article with any new information as we log in.