Are you available, yes or no?

Are you available, yes or no?

Most users of Google chat know that you can display your chat status for others to see. You can also turn off your chat status for everyone or add a personal status that is visible to everyone. 

How do you check if others are available?

If you send a chat to someone, it is often useful if you can see whether the person is active or inactive in Gmail or Google Chat. This way you can better assess whether you will get a (quick) response back. 

The inactive status is represented by an orange circle with the term inactive (see Idle example below).

The other three statuses and their icons can be found in the table below. Hopefully this will give you a better grip on your expectations and therefore probably fewer disappointments!

Inactief status Google Chat

Status icon

Status text

Status meaning


Gmail or Google Chat is open.

Do not disturb

Google Chat notifications are muted.

*only visible within the domain itself

Set as unavailable

You don't have an internet connection.

You are inactive for more than 10 minutes.

You have indicated the status "set as unavailable".


You are inactive in Gmail or Google Chat for at least 5 minutes.

Jonas Aerts

Google Workspace Consultant
Jonas is Team Lead of the Collaboration Squad and also fulfills the role of Google Workspace and Chrome Enterprise Consultant and Change Manager within that team.

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