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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 you share a space with or someone you've accepted a chat invite 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're in "Set as away" status.

Change your status

  1. Open the Chat app "" or Gmail app "".
  2. At the top left, tap Menu Menu.
  3. At the top, next to the status indicator, tap the Down arrow .
  4. Choose: Automatic, Do not disturb, or Set as away.

Set a custom status

  1. Open the Chat app "" or Gmail app "".
  2. At the top left, tap Menu "".
  3. Tap Add a status.
  4. Follow the prompt to choose an emoji, write a status message, or end or clear a status.
  5. At the top right, tap Done .

Delete a custom status

  1. Open the Chat app "" or Gmail app "".
  2. At the top left, tap Menu "".
  3. Tap the status to delete.
  4. Next to the status, tap X.
  5. At the top right, tap Done .

Set a Calendar status with a Workspace account

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

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

Tips:

  • To view your own Calendar status, at the top left, tap Show/Hide "".
  • Group messages don’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.

Temporarily stop notifications in Google Chat or Gmail

Tip: Touch and hold a conversation for more options.

  1. Open the Chat app "" or Gmail app "".
  2. At the top left, tap Menu "" and then Down arrow "" and then Do not disturb.
  3. To set your preferred duration, under “Mute notifications for,” select a duration from the list or tap "Until a specific time."
  4.  Tap Set.

Tip: Notifications automatically turn back on after the mute duration expires. To end mute sooner, tap Menu "" and then Down arrow "" and then Automatic.

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