Hangouts Chat is now Google Chat. You might temporarily see references to both names until this change rolls out everywhere.

Gmail: Beginner tips

See if someone’s immediately available



When you have an urgent question, you might not want to wait for a meeting or an email reply. If someone’s online in Google Chat, you can send them a quick message and get an immediate response.

Check someone's availability in Chat or Gmail:

  • "" Available
  • "" Do not disturb
  • "" Away (in last 15 minutes)
  • "" Away (more than 15 minutes)


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