Turn Off / On Chat feature in Gmail

How to Turn on or Turn off the chat feature in Gmail?

By default when you open the Gmail you will have the chat feature enabled. So when you check your email, actually your friends or contacts can see you “online and open for chat”. You may not want to chat with them, but if they send a message, Gmail pops with their message and most of the time you cannot avoid answering them.

So if you do not want Gmail feature, you can disable it by doing the following.

Sign into Gmail account

Go to the bottom of the page (See the screen shot for example)

You will see “Turn on chat” or “Turn Off chat” link, just press that and you can disable or enable the chat feature.

Turn On and Off chat feature in gmail
Turn On and Off chat feature in Gmail

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All IMs in one place using Digsby


This software is used for having the Yahoo IM, MSN messenger, Gtalk and AIM in one place. You do not need to download each application, just download digsby and start using all.

You can have all your contacts (buddy list) in one IM window.

You can rename the contacts to however you like.

You can also access your email from Digsby.

Digsby allows user to configure POP email in the option menu. All the POP Emails headers will be fetched periodically.

I am using Digsby and it is very helpful. I have asked most of my office staff to try it out. It is free.

The negative points will be voice chat, I have not used� digsby for voice chat yet. And Also I have not tried using the Video (IM)

Digsby also supports Social newsfeed, social network, email alerts and notification and Instant messenger like aim (Aol instant messenger), MSN messenger, Windows Live Messenger (WLM), Yahoo messenger, ICQ, Google Talk, Jabber, Gmail, Yahoo mail, Hotmail, Aol mail, IMAP, POP mail, Facebook, Myspace, Twitter and Linkedin.

Screen shot from Digby (All in one IM) Website, you will also find the download link for this website.

Digsby All in one IM
Digsby All in one IM
Digsby IM window
Digsby IM window
Digsby Email support
Digsby Email support
Chat in Notification window (pop up)
Chat in Notification window (pop up)

Download Digsby now for free

Dave 🙂

Note: I only recommand this software but do not support or guarentee anything