Google recently rolled out a new Gmail layout both on the web browser and mobile app. I didn’t like the layout as I don’t use Google Chat or Rooms (MEET) that often. On the web browser (Chrome) the new layout had the panel on the right-hand side which I normally have my Google Tasks there. This is what it looked like.

HOW TO REMOVE GMAIL CHAT AND ROOMS TABS ON MOBILE AND BROWSER Web Browser panel

This was a lot of wasted space that was being used just for this panel. I could have easily just clicked on the Google Tasks so that it displayed it like this, but if you look carefully you will see that there the Google Chat Panel is in the background.

HOW TO REMOVE GMAIL CHAT AND ROOMS TABS ON MOBILE AND BROWSER Web Browser panel tasks

In this article, I’ll be providing you instructions on how to remove this on the web browser and also on the mobile app (Android).

WEB BROWSER

Here are the instructions on how to remove the Chat and Rooms panel in Gmail:

  • Click on Settings (wheel icon)
HOW TO REMOVE GMAIL CHAT AND ROOMS TABS ON MOBILE AND BROWSER Web Browser panel settings
  • Click on See All Settings
HOW TO REMOVE GMAIL CHAT AND ROOMS TABS ON MOBILE AND BROWSER Web Browser panel settings all settings
  • Click on Chat and Meet Tab
HOW TO REMOVE GMAIL CHAT AND ROOMS TABS ON MOBILE AND BROWSER Web Browser panel settings all settings meet and chat
  • Click on Off for Chat and click on the Hide the Meet section in the main menu for Meet
HOW TO REMOVE GMAIL CHAT AND ROOMS TABS ON MOBILE AND BROWSER Web Browser panel settings all chat and meet
  • Click on Save changes
HOW TO REMOVE GMAIL CHAT AND ROOMS TABS ON MOBILE AND BROWSER Web Browser panel settings save changes

That’s it for the web browser. You can also watch this video for more details:

Now if you want to do make similar changes to your Gmail mobile app then follow the next instructions.

GMAIL MOBILE APP

For the mobile app, there are two tabs at the bottom of the app just like this:

HOW TO REMOVE GMAIL CHAT AND ROOMS TABS ON MOBILE AND BROWSER Mobile App tabs

These instructions are for Android but they should work the same for iOS.

  • Tap on the menu icon (3 lines)
HOW TO REMOVE GMAIL CHAT AND ROOMS TABS ON MOBILE AND BROWSER Mobile App settings
  • Tap on Settings
HOW TO REMOVE GMAIL CHAT AND ROOMS TABS ON MOBILE AND BROWSER Mobile App settings bottom
  • Select the account
HOW TO REMOVE GMAIL CHAT AND ROOMS TABS ON MOBILE AND BROWSER Mobile App settings accounts
  • Under General select Chat
HOW TO REMOVE GMAIL CHAT AND ROOMS TABS ON MOBILE AND BROWSER Mobile App settings General Chat
  • The app will restart
HOW TO REMOVE GMAIL CHAT AND ROOMS TABS ON MOBILE AND BROWSER Mobile App settings app restart
  • Without the chat and rooms tabs, it will look like this.
HOW TO REMOVE GMAIL CHAT AND ROOMS TABS ON MOBILE AND BROWSER Mobile App settings no chat and rooms tabs
  • If you need more help, then watch this video:

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