Google recently rolled out Google Meet, a revamped version of its video chatting program Hangouts Meet, and made the app available to anyone with a Google account. You can start or join a Meet videoconference right from your Gmail inbox, using the buttons that Google has placed on the left-hand side of the page.
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 G Suite 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. Click on “Settings” in the drop-down menu. Click on the “Chat and Meet” tab. Next to the “Meet:” label, select “Hide the Meet section in the main menu.” Click “Save changes.” You can hide the Meet buttons from your Gmail.
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/.