How To Appear Offline In Google Chats

Do you want to browse your conversations on Google Chats without anyone knowing? Do you want to stay invisible while using the app? If so, you can set your status on the app to away. We’ll teach you how to change your activity status on Google Chats below.


When you use Google Chats, you’ll appear online to your friends, contacts, and other people on the app. This feature can help other people know if you’re up for a chat or meeting in one of your spaces.

However, we understand that there are situations when users might want no hide their activity status while using the app. Some people want to use the app during non-working hours, while others don’t want any distractions from other users.

Thankfully, you can choose to appear offline on Google Chats while you’re using the app. You can still send messages and use other features on the app when you choose to do so.

Here’s our guide about appearing invisible in Google Chats.

How to appear invisible in Google Chats

If you don’t want people to know that you’re using Google Chats at the moment, you can appear offline on the app. In this way, you can browse your conversations or spaces while being invisible to other users.

You can appear offline on Google Chats whether you’re using the mobile or web app. Check our tutorials below, and we’ll show you how to do it from both.

On your phone:

  1. Open Google Chats from your home screen or app drawer and sign in to your account.
  2. Tap the hamburger icon on the top left corner of the app.

  3. Tap the arrow beside your current activity status on the app.

  4. Select the “Set as away” option.

That’s how you appear offline in Google Chats. Other users on the app won’t notice that you’re currently online until you change your status back to default.

On your computer:

  1. Open the Google Chats on your preferred browser and sign in to your account.
  2. Click your activity status on the top right side of your screen.

  3. Click “Set as away” on the menu.

If you don’t want to appear completely offline, you have the option to set your status to “Do not disturb.” This option mutes all notifications from the app while displaying that you’re busy at the moment.

To wrap things up

Now that you know how to change your activity status on Google Chats, you can go ahead and set your status to away. When you do, you’ll appear offline to other users on the app even while browsing your conversations.

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