I have a gmail contact which I don't want them to see me online - but I still want the others contact see me online. A feature similar to stealth setting in Yahoo. How can I do that with gmail/gtalk?

Thanks to help from user, blocking user as offically said here is the answered.

Blocking someone will prevent him or her from talking to you, and vice-versa. Blocked users can't see when you're signed in to Google Talk, and you won't see their status in your Friends list, either. If you decide you'd like to communicate with someone you've blocked, just unblock them.

  • I guess you don't want to see them online.. – Lipis Oct 15 '10 at 11:56
  • @Lipis I believe you're misunderstanding the question... He doesn't want them to see him online. @user5821 is right, Blocking them is the only answer. – Fosco Oct 15 '10 at 13:33
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    You don't edit the answer into the question, you either select from the other answers or you post it if it's not there. – Eight Days of Malaise Oct 22 '10 at 19:25
  • @Eight Days of Malaise: I add the refined and complete answer so as you and any other users can easily find it - otherwise, people will have to seek for the answer combined from 1 answer and 2 comments which lie somewhere below! If it is useless, I have removed it. StackExchange is a place for asking, sharing, and blogging isn't it?! – Nam G VU Nov 6 '10 at 9:06

Click the "Video & More" drop down when you hover over the contact, then select "Block". You will always appear in their list as offline.

(Edit: In Google Talk, hover over the contact and you get a down arrow. Click "Block (name)".)

  • I would say instead of block, Nam Gi VU wants the Always hide option – Lipis Oct 15 '10 at 12:08
  • Possible, but I interpreted his question to mean that he wanted his online status to be hidden from a particular contact. If he selects "always hide", that contact will not appear in Nam's contact list, but the "hidden" contact will still be able to see Nam's online status - and send him IMs. – user5821 Oct 15 '10 at 12:14
  • @user5821: Since the message Google gives out after I blocked a contact is something similar like "You won't recieve any more message from the blocked contact", I'm not sure I'm visible to him/her. Can you put a official reference from Google about this? – Nam G VU Oct 15 '10 at 14:47

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