There is no way to see presence in Google Hangout—Google intentionally reworked it so presence is removed.
Google says it's put a lot of thought into reconsidering presence, and it actually works better in Hangouts than on other apps.
The flip side of this new system is that you lose the more traditional "Active / Away" presence indicators that ...
I recently had some updates on my smartphone (Android) and after that I noticed the message Oops! You are not invisible because you're logged into Google Talk from another client, device or location that doesn't support invisibility. when I checked into my Gmail account on my laptop.
After trying out a number of actions as posted in this stream, I checked ...
It is really easy to block someone. Refer to the screenshot below.
Click on the contact or hover the mouse curser till the basic information window appears.
Then in the bottom right corner click on the arrow pointing down. You will see the block option there.
-- As of 6/20/2017, this answer is no longer accurate, but retained for reference. This functionality has been removed.
Yes, you can revert to the old Google Chat interface.
First, click on the down arrow next to your name/icon. It will bring up a menu of settings (like the picture below). Second, click on "Revert to old chat". It will reload the Gmail ...
Orange circle means idle state, that means no activity. Even if you have open Gmail tab in a browser with other tabs and you are not active in Gmail tab more than 5 min, the chat circle will go from green to orange.
As of 2017-Jun-26, the old Gchat is completely removed from Gmail. You are now forced to use Hangouts.
When the user is using Hangouts instead of Google Chat as the chat app in Gmail, the caret / more options aren't displayed in the pop up contact card. It is t in the contact list view on the side panel. Move your mouse over someone's name and click the drop-down menu icon that appears. You can also right-click on the person's name to make the drop-down menu ...
Those are contacts to whom you might have sent a chat invitation but they never accepted. (Or have accepted and removed you from their chat list afterwards — although I’m not 100% sure about this possibility.) To remove them from that list, you have to delete them from your contacts list. (But they will reappear if you add them back to your contacts, with ...
Try with Woot!! (with two exclamation symbols) instead of Woot (without exclamation symbol).
It's worth to say that not all Google Hangouts easter eggs work in Gmail. There are some them that only work in the Hangouts Extension or Hangouts Desktop Application for Chrome.
Hangouts Easter Eggs - Moritz Tolxdorrff (Googler)
"Also the other option, typing a name into the contact search box to reveal options for this contact does not show a "do not show in Chat list", there is only an option to "show in chat list" .. haha, it is already in the chat list."
I was just having the same problem/irritation, and found this solution:
When you type the name into the contact search box, ...
In some circumstances, Gmail may actually be responsible for this behaviour. According to this article:
Gmail will automatically invite some contacts
If there are other Gmail users whom you frequently email, you'll be able to chat and see each other online without having to send an invitation.
It seems like in your circumstance, the criteria is likely ...
No. The likely explanation for this is that the person (either willingly or mistakenly) invited you to chat and then revoked that invitation.
This means that you still received the notification, but once you accepted it the invite no longer existed, meaning Google then requested permission from the other party to start a chat.
This could prove to be quite ...
That happens because you have an open session in Hangouts in any of its apps:
From Change my status and profile photo - Hangouts Help
Status options that are available in Google Chat, like being busy or
invisible, are not available in Hangouts.
Google use the Gmail mailbox to store the chat history. In Gmail, Sent Mail, is a system view that shows both chat and email messages/conversations that was sent by the mailbox's account or an alias of it.
Are you able to install additional programs on your work computer? If so, you could use a chat client capable of using Google Chat, such as Pidgin. Pidgin allows you to set the time before it reports idle or allows you disable going idle completely.
Even if you can't install it at work, you can install it on a home computer and it should keep you from ...
At this it's not possible to group contacts on the Gmail side panel. Try the contacts preview web application.
Google Chat / Hangouts
At this time Gmail users can use Google Chat or Hangouts in the sidebar. Neither of them have a way to show groups of contacts, but Hangouts could be used to have group conversations. A group ...
I found out the problem: I realized that the "Messaging" resource was being used by every gtalk contact, except those who weren't connecting through the google server.
Also: some people had a double "Messaging" resource just like me... Maybe the culprit was the android Hangout application?
I disabled the notifications inside the app: the user expectation ...
I faced the same issue.
I just changed my Gmail password by logging into a web browser on another computer and then logged off from that computer.
Within an hour or so, I was logged out of Google Talk.