Gmail is one of the most popular email services used by millions of people worldwide. It is widely known for its user-friendly interface, efficient spam filtering, and extensive features that help users manage their emails effectively.

One of the features that is most used in Gmail is the Promotions tab. It is a section within the Gmail inbox where promotional emails are automatically filtered and organized.

This tab contains ads that are targeted at users based on their interests and online behavior. However, some users have complained that these ads in the Promotions tab have become intrusive.

Here are some reports for reference:


I’m getting really annoyed with these ads all over the gmail app. Yes, I’ve searched, but to my knowledge there has never been an adfree version of the gmail app yet, how? Does nobody else want this? (Source)

I have used gmail for over 20 years and I’m about to quit using it and inform others of what’s happening with these ads if you don’t take them off!!! (Source)

As apparent from the reports above, users are getting too many unwanted ads in the Promotions tab and social categories, which is obnoxious.

Workaround to turn off Gmail Inbox ads in ‘Promotions’

Fortunately, there’s a potential workaround to turn off Gmail Inbox ads in Promotions tab.


Since the ads appear in Promotions tab and social categories, users can switch their inbox type from default to ‘Unread first’ in settings.

Thank you – it is only on my personal account and only when using the “Default” style inbox. If I switch to “Unread First” for instance, it doesn’t happen. (Source)

Regrettably, Google support hasn’t yet acknowledged this problem and we hope that it gets fixed soon as it’s ruining the user experience.

Rest assured, we will keep an eye out for the latest development and inform you as and when we come across anything noteworthy.

Until then you can try out the above-mentioned workaround to turn off Gmail Inbox ads in the Promotions tab.

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I developed a keen interest in technology ever since my school days. And writing about it keeps me closer to this fascinating world. When I’m not working you can catch me playing video games.

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