How to Turn Off Chat in Gmail

When you set up a Google account to use Gmail, you gain access to a variety of other tools and services that Google offers. One of these is a chat feature that’s embedded into your Gmail interface.

While the chat feature can be useful, it’s also susceptible to spam. Additionally it takes up some extra space at the left side of the window, This combination of distractions, especially if you don’t use the chat feature, can lead you to look for a way to remove the chat feature from your Gmail inbox.

How to Remove the Chat Section from Gmail

The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of the Google Chrome Web browser. The setting that we will be adjusting in this section will persist across Gmail when you open it in other browsers, or on different computers.

Step 1: Navigate to your Gmail account at and sign in if you haven’t already.

Step 2: Select the gear icon at the top-right of the window, then choose the Settings option.

open gmail settings

Step 3: Choose the Chat tab at the top of the menu.

select the chat tab

Step 4: Select the Chat off option, then click the Save Changes button.

how to turn off chat in gmail

Note that there are a number of other settings on this menu that you can adjust to improve your experience with Gmail.