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How to Remove Chat from the Gmail Sidebar

disable google chat in gmail sidebar

Tired of seeing that pesky chat window on the left side of Gmail? There are plenty of reasons to get rid of it. Perhaps you have Google Talk installed, perhaps you don’t like instant messaging, or maybe you just use a different service. Getting rid of the chat box is easy, just follow these simple steps.


Log in to Gmail as you normally would, and then click the Gear (settings) button at the top-right of the window and select Settings.

gmail settings button


Click the Chat tab and select the Chat Off bullet option.

gmail disable chat


gmail sidebar with chat removedScroll down to the bottom and Save Changes.

save gmail changes

Done! Now Gmail will no longer pester you with annoying chat requests and you’ll have that much more room on your sidebar.

If you are working on a smaller screen, this is quite a luxury. The only downside is that you won’t be able to make Voice Calls via Google Voice anymore, but you can still install the Google Voice extension and send text messages.

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15 Responses to How to Remove Chat from the Gmail Sidebar

  1. jdjcpa August 24, 2014 at 10:39 pm #

    It still leaves the space at the side of the screen, only it is empty. I’m about ready to quit gmail over this. Someone let them know they’re causing grief over this.

    • JasonR September 8, 2015 at 9:56 am #

      jdjcpa that is my experience as well (still) 1 yr later. very annoying when throwing the gmail window to the side for a 1/2 display. all that wasted space with the sidebar.

    • Hung October 4, 2015 at 2:41 pm #

      Go to Gmail Setting -> Labs -> Search “Right side chat” -> Turn off -> save and enjoy

      • alison July 10, 2017 at 11:16 pm #

        thanks @Hung. it’s really worked… Thanks a lot..

    • kathy lawton November 10, 2016 at 9:05 am #

      it’s much better than before. My sent mail and spam didn’t even fit.
      So glad to be rid of chat.

  2. Hung September 24, 2015 at 9:59 am #

    Go to Gmail Setting -> Labs -> Search “Right side chat” -> Turn off -> save and enjoy

    • Karl October 3, 2015 at 7:22 am #

      That’s the ticket. Thanks!

    • n1b5 June 17, 2016 at 3:06 am #

      Reeeeeeeeesult! At last. Good work, thanks.

  3. JasonR September 24, 2015 at 12:39 pm #

    Hung: this solution does not free up the space previously occupied by the gchat sidebar unfortunately.

  4. sasha January 1, 2016 at 4:23 pm #

    I tried to get rid of the Chat side. Gmail does not allow me to save the setting. Really a nuisance that takes up too much of screen space. Any idea, please share.

  5. Hung PT January 1, 2016 at 8:27 pm #

    Please Try Again.
    1. First change your theme to Classic
    2. Go go setting -> Chat -> Turn on.
    3. Then go to Lab Search keyword below
    “Right side chat” just a Lab which hidden in GG.
    Then turn off

  6. Gisel August 1, 2016 at 7:09 am #

    THANKS!!!!! I’ve been trying everything! Thanks a lot!! I hated that window.

  7. Joseph dipi October 18, 2016 at 4:31 am #


  8. Mike May 7, 2017 at 6:32 pm #

    I just found this explanation while looking for another one. Couldn’t figure out the right question to search for getting rid of that beast.

  9. Carol Farr September 22, 2017 at 10:32 am #

    Thanks very much for putting that up. It worked.

    The chat box was not only annoying, but blocked access to all my folders and i couldn’t see how to get rid of it.

    I appreciate your time to post this.

    Carol Farr

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