Turning Chat on and off

Signing out of chat

There may be times you don't want to be available to chat with your friends. If now is one of those times, you can follow these instructions to sign out of chat.

In Gmail:
  1. Under Chat, click the arrow next to Set status here.
  2. Select Sign out of chat.
In orkut:
  1. Beneath your profile photo, click the arrow next to available, busy, or invisible.
  2. Select offline.
or
  1. Under Online friends, click the arrow next to Set status here.
  2. Select Sign out of chat.
In Google+
  1. Under the Chat search box, click the arrow next to your status
  2. Select Sign out of chat.

After you sign out, your contacts won't be able to see you online or IM, and you won't be able to see or contact them, either. If you use a desktop client and are signed in after signing out of chat in the above interfaces, your friends will still be able to see you online and chat with you through that client.