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When my email is left idle, my chat button shows green for a long time (for about 20 minutes) before turning orange, meaning I am available although I am away doing something. How I make the green turn to orange almost immediately once I leave the email idle?

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I doubt that’s possible, but I don’t know for sure so I won’t post this as an answer. However, I think the old (Talk) desktop client offered the option to set the idle time. – Alex Aug 1 '13 at 8:21
are you talking about the desktop application or web interface? – Trying Tobemyself Rahul Aug 1 '13 at 14:47
Currently there is no option in the chat settings to make the chat as idle once you leave the email.It will take 15 min to update the status as idle – Vembu Dec 23 '14 at 6:40

From: Changing your status - Google Chat Help

Yellow: Idle. Your status automatically changes to idle when you're away from your computer for 15 minutes. You can't manually select to appear idle

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