The Gmail sidebar in your inbox includes many of the important folders and labels that help you find your emails. But there is also a “Chat” tab at the bottom of that column which you can use to send and receive chat messages with other users.
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Gmail has a lot of features and settings that help to make it one of the best free email services that you can use. One of the features that you may or may not be using is a chat feature that lets you easily communicate with other Gmail users within the Gmail tab.
But if you find the chat to be distracting, or if it is bothering you, then you may be looking for a way to hide or disable it. Our guide below will show you where to find that option in the Gmail settings so that you can turn off the chat feature.
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1How to Turn Off Chat in Gmail
2How to Disable Gmail Chat (Guide with Pictures)
3More Information on How to Remove Chat from Gmail
4Conclusion – How to Remove Google Chat from the Gmail Sidebar
How to Turn Off Chat in Gmail
Go to your Gmail inbox.Click the gear icon, then See all settings.Choose the Chat and Meet tab.Select Off in the Chat section.Click Save Changes.
Our article continues below with additional information on removing chat from Gmail, including pictures of these steps.
How to Disable Gmail Chat (Guide with Pictures)
The steps in this article are performed in the Web browser version of the Gmail application. I am using the Chrome browser in these steps. Once you have completed this guide you will have disabled the chat feature in Gmail.
Step 1: Go to your Gmail inbox at https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox and sign in to your Gmail account if you haven’t already.
Step 2: Click the Gear icon at the top-right corner of the window, then click the See all settings option.
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