Instant messaging and VoIP app provided by Google that can be accessed through Gmail, iGoogle and orkut as well as the Windows desktop program. Also known as Google Chat.

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How to group chat contacts in Gmail side chat list?

I have quite a lot contacts whom I chat with. I already installed lab in Gmail which puts the chat list to the right side to have more space. Now I'd like to group the contacts in the online list in ...
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How do I get my old Google Chat back in the Gmail web app?

I don't like the new Google Hangout integration with my gmail web app. It's too busy, too much color, and too hard to see what status people are. In short, get off my lawn. Can I get the old Google ...
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How can I find out the calling history in the plugin of gmail?

In gmail, there used to be a plugin at lower left corner for using Gtalk to call some other people. When I click the phone icon, there will be a list of recent phone numbers that I have communicated ...
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How to detect invisible users on Google Chat

I have found several web pages that explain how to find if a user is invisible by sending them a message. One of the websites had a link to a page explaining a way to detect an invisible user without ...
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GMail chat list doesn't show the “More options” or “Caret” icon

I was trying to organize my Gmail chat contact list, I remember that previously there was a "More options" button and then it was replaced by a "Caret" icon which open a dropdown menu with the option ...
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How do I make the chat show idle immediately?

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 ...
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Sending SMS from GTalk in India - Out of Order recently

I have been using gmail for quite a long time now, also been a frequent user of its SMS service through the chat (I mean the old version, not Hangouts). Recently, there is some problem using this for ...
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Why did my Gchat easter egg animations stop working?

I frequently use the chat popup in Gmail to talk with my husband while we are working. Today I typed "Woot" to something he said, and the little happy animation guy didn't show up (for either of us). ...
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Why does Google Talk think I am “signed in from a different location that doesn't support invisibility”?

I only occasionally use Google Talk, and only via Gmail in my browser. I always stay invisible, and only use it when someone asks me (say, via text or email) to chat with them, and then I send them ...
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Adding Yahoo contacts to Google Chat

How do I add Yahoo contacts to Google Chat? I have several people who don't have Gmail accounts and I'd like to be able to chat with them via Google Chat in my Gmail inbox.
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What does forwarding to Google Chat do in Google Voice?

When I go to Voice Settings > Phones, I see an option to forward to my Google Chat account, what does this setting do? Will it forward calls, texts, or voicemail? Would it work if I use a text only ...
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How to send file using the Gmail chat?

Can I send files using the Gmail web chat? That feature exist in that chat? What are my options in case not?
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Google Talk - Chat Invites from outside domain

I'm not the Google Apps Admin but he wants me to create a gmail account and add it to chat so that everyone else in the domain can talk with this gmail account. The problem I'm having is I that most ...
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Why does Google Talk say I'm logged in, while I show up as not logged in on the Google Talk phone app?

I can clearly see myself as logged in on Google Talk, on the version that comes up on the computer. When I see myself on the Google Talk app, which I though was the same thing, it comes up that I am ...
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How to setup new Gmail Hangouts

I recently heard about Google Hangouts at Gmail, and I accidentally ignored “Try it now” while it asked me to try Google Hangouts. Is there any way to enable the new features back on Gmail if I ...
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Back to Google Talk

Starting from today the Google Hangouts panel in my Gmail tells me that I should join Google+ to use Hangouts. Is there a way to revert the plugin to the old Google Talk plugin in Gmail? (Please note ...
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How do I just show online people in Gmail Hangout (formerly Talk/chat)?

The new Google Hangouts in Gmail option seems interesting, and while it shows my most recent contacts, most of them aren't online (some never are because of the Google account they use). Can I sort ...
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How can I disconnect all my devices from Google Hangout and Google Talk at once?

I would like to disconnect all my devices such as computers, phones and tablets from Google Hangout and Google Talk at once. Is there any way to do so?
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Can I change someone else's display name?

Some contacts in my Google talk list are showing their username instead of their full name. Is there a possibility to show their full name instead? I don't like the strange names in between. I am ...
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Gchat invitation automatic?

I got an invitation to Gchat today from someone who cut off contact with me. Before this, we were frequent communicators. I erased all messages and emails from the person a few days ago and erased the ...
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just what is going on at Gmail and Google with all their errors and mistakes lately?

I just read through a lengthy forum post on how to remove contacts from Gmail's chat list. All of the answers there are invalid by now. My older contacts all have the small down arrow from which I ...
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“Never Show” missing on some contacts in Gmail chat

Similar to http://webapps.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/chat, I'm trying to remove some contacts from my Gmail chat list. But for some of my contacts, there is no "More options" pull-down menu ...
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Removing contact from Google chat function

I would like to remove a person from my Gmail chat list and make it so she cannot contact me. She does not appear on my contact list. When hovering over her name on the hangout section it only shows ...
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Does Gchat automatically send out a chat invite?

I decided to remove a contact from my circles and somehow from my chat list. I didn't wish to block this person. I just wanted their name to be gone because we have a history and "out of sight, out of ...
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My google chat window and contacts have disapeared [duplicate]

How do I get my chat window and contacts to come back on my gmail screen? I have gone through the settings and made sure its on and the labels and such are there. Nothing has helped
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Change the display name of my friends in Google+

Some friends chose weird nicknames that I can't relate to them and I can't recognize them in the Chat list. I went to "Contacts" in my Google account (https://mail.google.com/mail/#contacts) and I ...
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How to know email of a Gmail chat contact?

I have some contacts in Gmail chat that I don't know its email. And in some other I have the option to send them an email, why is that? Is there a way to see the contact email? Contact with email: ...
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Move the chat window to the right side of Gmail with the preview pane enabled

I am using Gmail with too many labels with multiple levels. I also have the Preview Pane lab enabled. I want to move the chat window to the right side. It was previously there. But I am not able to ...
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My friend can’t see my real email address, they see a weird “username@PUBLIC.TALK.GOOGLE.COM”. How can I get back my email address? [closed]

I didn’t notice until a friend tried to send me an email directly from Gtalk, but the email address he sees on my information was a weird code plus @PUBLIC.TALK.GOOGLE.COM. I asked to some other ...
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Do Gmail chats become sent mail when somebody reads them?

I recently tried to chat with someone when they were not online (status was yellow). A few hours later it was still there and I added to the chat. A few hours later again I came back and the chat ...
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Snail animation in Gmail chat

I resized the chat window, and this snail appeared (also with animation): Why did it appear? What's its significance?
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How can I stop the Gmail web based chat going idle when I switch browser tabs?

I have a Gmail tab open in the browser (Firefox 4.0) all the time with chat enabled. However, when I move to a different tab for a while, then move back to the Gmail tab my chat status has changed to ...
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I've installed the Google voice and video chat web browser plugin, but Gmail doesn't detect it

I want to use Google voice and video chat on Iceweasel 10.0.4 on Debian Linux 6.0.5. (Iceweasel is the Firefox derivative that comes with Debian Linux.) I've installed Google's voice-and-video ...
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Hide non-coworkers from Hangouts search

My company uses gmail for our work email. Frequently I accidentally open google hangouts with random strangers* - is there any way to just remove non-company people from the hangouts search entirely? ...
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In the new Google Hangouts, is there any way to change the emoticon set?

The new Google Hangouts replaced the normal Google Chat ASCII-ish emoticons with somewhat disturbed looking gumdrops. Is there any way to change this emoticon set, or even put it back to how it was ...
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invisible in Gmail when using Chrome Hangouts [duplicate]

I installed the Google Chrome Hangouts plugin. But after that, I can’t stay invisible. Does anyone know how to stay invisible when we're using the Hangouts plugin or even the Google Talk plugin?
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Gmail account recovery by phone? [duplicate]

Hello My name is John Steel, last month my gmail account was hacked by some one in Canada and when I searched for help in Google there is one number that I found that completely recover my gmail ...
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Unblock and accept someone from Google Chat

I blocked an ID in Google Chat, but now I want to unblock and accept that person again. How can I invite that person back to be able to chat with them?
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How to test and improve my volume for the other side with Google Talk?

I often make phone calls with Google Talk (i.e. the phone icon from Gmail) where I can hear the other side well but they haven't a hard time hearing me unless I speak very loudly near my laptop's ...
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How does the GoogleTalk client do Off-the-Record messaging?

The Google Talk client built into Gmail offers Off The Record messaging: But, when I click the link to "Go off the record", it works immediately without any noticable steps to authenticate the ...
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Can I make a Google Voice phone call using Google Talk?

I have this dialog in GV with an option to use Google Talk. But nothing happens in GT. Is this a problem, or is it not possible to make a call with GT?
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Can you send SMS messages using your Google Voice number from Gmail?

Google Voice allows you to send text messages to/from an assigned local telephone number. Unfortunately, it's interface for doing so is rather poor in my opinion. Gmail has a much better interface ...
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Google Talk shows idle symbol (orange circle) all the time

I recently updated from google-talk to google-hangout. In Hangouts there is no way to set the availability status (available, idle etc.), but my friends (that are still using Google Talk) claim that ...
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How can I export my Google chat logs?

In the spirit of taking responsibility for my own data, I regularly fetch my gmail emails via IMAP for backup. However, this doesn't include the Google Talk chat logs which are also available in ...
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Always connected in Gmail Chat

I tried to set my status to invisible in Gmail Chat, but I got "Oops! You are not invisible because you're logged into Google Talk from another client, device, or location that doesn't support ...
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Phantom Google Contacts

I'm experiencing a problem related to Google Contacts, or what I consider to be "Phantom" Google Contacts. I use GMail for email, but Trillian for chat to connect to my Google Talk account. In my ...
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If I deactivate my Gmail account, will others still see me in their chat list?

I recently deactivated my Gmail account, but I came to know that I'm still visible on my friends contacts’ chat lists. How is this possible?
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If I block someone from Gmail chat, will it block them on Google+?

Somebody I have added to my Google+ circles is now showing up as chattable in my Gmail chat sidebar. I don't want her to be able to see me as online whenever I've got a Gmail tab open - just when I'm ...
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Google Chat not logging me out from everywhere

So since few days I noticed this problem that I am always logged into my gmail chat. This has caused so many problem, gmail is delivering my chats to some unknown place, or not delivering at all, but ...