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Google Chat will be replaced by Hangouts on June 26, 2017. Learn how to use Hangouts.

Who can see when I'm online?

The only people who can see when you're online are the contacts you can see online.

You can see when someone's online if you invite him or her to chat or if you are automatically enabled to chat.

If you've blocked someone, that person won't be able to see when you are online.

If you prefer that no one sees you're online, you can set your status as 'Invisible.' (Please note that, currently, invisibility is only available in Safari 3.0+, Internet Explorer 6.0+, Mozilla Firefox 2.0+, and Google Chrome.)

Learn about changing your status.

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