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Mute notifications and change your availability status in Google Chat

You can temporarily mute notifications on all your devices. To stop notifications completely, turn notifications off.

To let others know when you're available, you can also change your availability status.

Tip: Additional away message options may be available in Gmail. When you update your status in Gmail, it also appears in Google Chat. Learn how to change your Gmail availability and status.

What happens when you mute notifications

If you temporarily mute notifications, people can tell how long you paused notifications so they don’t expect an immediate response.

Status icon Status text Status meaning
"" Active You currently have Google Chat open.
"" Do not disturb Your Google Chat notifications are muted.
"" Away
  • You aren't connected to the internet or
  • You haven't interacted for more than 15 minutes on Google Chat or 
  • You selected "Set as away" as your status
"" Idle You've been active in Chat on the web in the last 15 minutes.

Temporarily stop notifications in Google Chat or Gmail

  1. Go to Google Chat or your Gmail account.
  2. At the top, click your status.
  3. Select Do not disturb and then Select a time period to mute notifications.

Tip: Notifications automatically turn back on after the mute period expires. To end mute sooner, click your status and then Do not disturb and then Turn off Do not disturb.

Set a custom status

  1. Go to Google Chat or your Gmail account.
  2. From your status indicator at the top, click the Down arrow Down arrow.
  3. Click Add a status.
  4. Follow the prompt to choose an emoji, write a status message, or end or clear a status.
  5. Click Done.

Delete a custom status

  1. Go to Google Chat or your Gmail account.
  2. From your status indicator at the top, click the Down arrow Down arrow.
  3. Click the status to delete.
  4. Click X.
  5. Click Done.
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