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How to Disable Sidebar in New Gmail View

by Ravi Teja KNTS
Disable Gmail Sidepanel in New Gmail View

Gmail recently got a fresh coat of paint with a clean design and rounded corners. While it’s a better move overall, it adds a small new sidebar on the left for easy access to Google Meet and Chat. It may come in handy for some of you who use these services regularly, but for others, it’s an eyesore. Here’s how you can disable the sidebar in Gmail’s new layout.

Issues with the new Gmail Sidebar

The sidebar has icons of Google Meet, chat, and spaces, and unfortunately, takes up more space than needed. Google Meet and Chat existed on Gmail even before the redesign, but they used to stay as options in the Gmail sidebar itself.

Google chat and meet options in old Gmail side panel

But with the newly redesigned Gmail view, it’s a completely new sidebar just for Google communication apps. For Gmail users who use Gmail in dual panel mode, horizontal space like this is valuable.

Google chat and meet options in new Gmail side panel

Also, in the minimized sidebar view, it hides all the email labels and options showing only the Meet, Chat, and Spaces. This makes accessing the Gmail options a two-step process as you have to hover over the mail option in the sidebar before you can find all the Gmail options you need such as Drafts, Important, Snoozed, Trash, Labels, etc.

old Gmail view versus new Gmail view

Fortunately, you can disable the Gmail side panel in two different ways. You can either move back to the old Gmail view and make everything just like before. Or, you can disable the sidebar in the new Gmail view while still enjoying the new redesign.

How to Disable the New Gmail View

Disabling the new Gmail view is as easy as it can get.

1. Open Gmail in your favorite browser, then click on the Cog icon at the top right corner to open Settings.

opening cog icon in Gmail

2. It will open the Settings in the sidebar. You should find the Go back to the original Gmail view option. Click on it to disable the new Gmail sidebar and revert to the old view.

Go back to the original Gmail view option in Gmail

But that option may be removed sooner than later when Google thinks the transition has been successful. In that case:

1. Click on the See all Settings button at the top.

opening sale all settings option in Gmail

2. Select the Original View option in the Main menu under the General tab.

original view option in Gmail settings

3. After selecting, scroll down and click on the Save Changes button in order to reload and use the old Gmail layout or UI.

Saving changes on Gmail

How to Disable the Sidebar in New Gmail View

You can easily disable the new Gmail sidebar by disabling the Meet and Chat options in Gmail settings. Once done, the sidebar will be gone along with the options. To do that:

1. Open Gmail in the browser and click on the Cog icon at the top right corner.

opening settings in Gmail

2. In the Settings that should open in the sidebar, click on the See all settings button at the top.

See all settings option in Gmail

3. In Settings, go to Chat and Meet tab from the top bar.

4. Here select Off next to Chat. Then select the Hide the Meet section in the main menu beside the Meet option.

5. Once done, click on the Save Changes button.

turning off Google chat and Google meet in Gmail

Gmail will reload but you shouldn’t see the sidebar with additional Gmail app shortcuts like Meet and Chat.

Meet and Chat on Gmail

By switching back to the old view, you can still access Meet and Chat options in Gmail’s native sidebar. So you can take advantage of these services even without wasting space on sidebar. The sidebar simply makes it easier and quicker to access if that’s what you need.

On the flip side, with the second method, you will disable the Chat and Meet options completely. They won’t be available on Gmail anymore. So choose your method depending on whether you want to use Meet and Chat time to time or want it gone completely.

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