Did you know can choose from several status options in Google Chat? You can set your status as available, away, or busy until a set time. When you set your status to away, you will appear offline to others even if you are using Google Chat. This can be a useful way to communicate to others that you are not available.
To adjust your Google Chat settings, follow these instructions:
- Go to your Gmail or Google Chat account.
- Look for the Google Chat status menu. The default setting is Active.
- To change your status, click the menu and select a new status from the dropdown list. In Gmail, the dropdown menu will look like this.
In Google Chat, the dropdown menu will look like this.
- If you want to be away long-term, set your status to “Away”. Otherwise, select “Do not disturb” for up to 24 hours.