The idle status (orange bubble) that was formerly present in Google Talk, formerly known as Gchat, is now present in Google Chat thanks to a modest change rolling out .

Google Chat offered the option to set oneself as Away (empty circle) or Do not disturb back in 2020. (red). You will now see an idle orange bubble if you haven’t used Gmail or Google Chat for the past five minutes.

Although custom status support (with corresponding emoji) was implemented last year to add more context, this status cannot be manually adjusted.

You will see an orange clock badge for users who were recently active in Chat but aren’t right now in Google Chat on the web and Chat in Gmail. This should make it simpler for you to choose the ideal moment to get in touch with your coworkers.

With that inclusion, Google’s most recent messaging service harkens back to the available statuses Google Talk period. Only online, such as when your Gmail or Google Chat tab is open in the background, is the idle state visible.

Google Chat idle status

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