But how did you see me there? I was invisible!
December 24, 2012 3:00 PM Subscribe
Is there any way to 1) have an Android phone that is always on and connected with your gmail account and 2) be invisible in gchat at the same time?
posted by segfault to computers & internet (5 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I use gchat through the gmail window in my browser, which I always have open. I am almost always offline, though on occasion someone will call or email wanting to chat, and I will sign on invisibly to talk to that one person. I am very rarely anything other than offline or invisible.
Since I acquired my Android phone, however, some of my contacts have reported seeing me online at various times. From their reports, I suspect that I show up as Available when I'm actively using my phone. If I leave it alone for a while, I go yellow (Away), and if I leave it alone a while after that, I go Offline. This is true whether or not I'm actively using gchat on my browser (though this may only happen when I've accidentally left gchat on), which means that I can be Available while I'm not at my computer, or Away while I'm actively chatting with someone.
There doesn't seem to be an option to set my Gtalk to invisible on my phone (for what it's worth, it's an HTC One S). Is there any other hack I can use to stay invisible while using my phone to browse, check my email, etc, short of disconnecting my phone from my gmail account? Does being offline in my browser make a difference?
Failing that, does anyone know what actions exactly register as me going Available or Away on my phone, and how long it takes for me to automatically go Offline?