How to Turn Off Chat in Gmail

Today, in the bottom-left corner of my Gmail, I noticed a Chat, and I was Active, or On, or Available, whatever you wish to call it.

Terrifying!

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There were some other people as well. I don’t even know who they are.

Initially, I thought that by clicking on Sign out of Hangouts, it will turn off the chat for good.

Sign out of Hangouts Gmail

Nope! Once you refresh or open up Gmail, it’s back up!

Luckily, there is a way to disable it for good!

Two Simple Steps to Turn Off Chat in Gmail

Here’s what you need to do to turn off chat for good in Gmail.

Step 1 – Access Settings

Access the Settings by clicking on the cogwheel in the top-right corner, and selecting See all settings.

gmail settings

Step 2 – Access Chat and Meet

Access the Chat and Meet section, then select Chat off.

chat off gmail settings

As simple as that!

You might also want to hide the Meet feature, while you’re there, by selecting Hide the Meet section in the main menu.

meet gmail

Much better now!

That’s a Wrap

I hope you found the guide useful!

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