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Change your availability status and mute notifications in Google Chat

To let others know when you're available, you can change your Google Chat status. 

Understand your availability status

Only people who you share a space with or someone you've accepted a chat invitation from can see your status. Blocked users won’t ever be able to see your status.

What happens when you mute notifications

You can temporarily mute notifications on all your devices from Google Chat or Gmail. To stop notifications completely, turn notifications off. 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 Gmail or Google Chat is open.
"" Do Not Disturb

Google Chat notifications are muted.

*For workspace accounts, this is visible at the domain level only

"" Away
  • You aren't connected to the Internet.
  • You’ve been idle for more than 10 minutes.
  • You're in ‘Set as away’ status.
Idle You've been inactive in Gmail or Google Chat for the last 5 minutes.

Change your status

  1. On your computer, open Gmail.
  2. At the top right, next to your status indicator, click the Down arrow .
  3. Choose: Automatic, Do not disturb or Set as away.

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 .
  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 .
  3. Click the status to delete.
  4. Click X.
  5. Click Done.

Set a Calendar status with a Workspace account

You can use Calendar status with a Google Workspace account. Your Chat status will update automatically to OOO, in a meeting or in focus time based on your calendar status. You can override your automatic calendar status with a custom one whenever you like.

Anyone who sends you a direct message will find your Calendar status under your name within the direct message window.

Tip: At the top right of your Gmail window in your status indicator, you can find your Calendar status.

Group messages won’t show Calendar status.

Administrators can turn Calendar status on and off for everyone in their domain. After your Administrator turns on Calendar status for your domain, you can turn Calendar status on or off permanently or temporarily.
To permanently turn it on or off:
  1. Go to Google Calendar.
  2. At the top right, click Settings menu and then Settings.
  3. On the left, under ‘Settings for my calendar’, select your calendar.
  4. Under ‘Access permissions for events’, tick the box next to ‘Show calendar info in other Google apps, limited by access permissions.’ Your changes are saved automatically.

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.  
  4. To set your preferred duration, select a duration from the list or click 'Until a specific time'.  
  5. Click Set.

Tip: Notifications automatically turn back on after the mute duration has expired. To end mute sooner, click your status and then Do Not Disturb and then Turn off Do Not Disturb.

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