Gmail or Google Mail, the widely used email service app, has a useful Availability Status feature that help others know if one is available on the other side of the screen or not.

Gmail users can pick from three listed options — Active or Automatic, Do Not Disturb, Away. One can also set a custom status. These options are available both for Android and iOS. One glitch with the feature is that not everyone can see a person’s Availability Status. Someone who has accepted a chat invite from you can see your status.

Change availability status in a few steps
  • Open the Gmail app on your Android or iOS device.
  • Tap on Menu option at the top left corner of the app.
  • Tap the Down arrow at the top of the app next to the status indicator.
  • Now, set any one of the three options — Automatic, Do not disturb, or away.
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