I have nothing against Google Video Conferencing Platform – I have even used it several times with relatives – but I can not help but get annoyed when the feature is pushed through other apps. Specifically, Gmail. The meeting first appeared on the Gmail desktop app last spring, but it didn’t take up much space and was reasonably easy to ignore (or remove from your screen if you so wish).
Now, however, Meeting is making its way to the Gmail mobile app through two tabs that will eventually appear (if they have not already) at the bottom of your screen: one labeled “Mail”; and one labeled “Meet”. The problem here is not only that you are being pushed to use a separate video conferencing app while all you want to do is check your email, but it also takes up space, expanding the app’s last border and giving you roughly three fewer lines to work with
If you plan to use Meet regularly, you may not mind. But if you do not like it and want to get rid of excess files, here’s how to do it. These instructions apply to the Gmail app on both Android and iOS.
- Select the three-line “hamburger” icon in the upper-left corner, scroll down, and tap “Settings.”
- Select the Gmail account you want to change.
- Scroll down to the “Meet” category and select the “Show meeting Meet for video calls” option.
And this is it! You have regained some space in your Gmail app and can now use Zoom or any video conferencing app you prefer without having to constantly be reminded of Meeting.