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This post is for GTalk / GChat users who are tired of being always away on Gchat even if they are not online. Because of this, you miss a lot of chats as well, as they just don't come to your inbox, like it used to when you were offline before. I have a tried and tested way to stop this. I would appreciate your comments on this, irrespective of you being able to get your invisibility.
Kindly note that you might have followed some of the following steps, but for the sake of it, just do them again in the following fashion.
Also, after EVERY step, refresh your Gmail and see if the above 'Oops! You are not invisible...' message is still there. If it's there, move to the next step. Otherwise, you are done.
- You must be a Gtalk user. If you use Hangouts, why are you reading this article anyway?
- First and foremost. Sign out from all the devices you know you are logged in from. And then remotely log out of all other browsers / devices which you might not know.
- How to : Gmail => Scroll to the bottom => Last account activity details.
- Sign out all sessions.
- You might be using Hangouts from other devices or services (Android, Google+). Sign out from all of them.
- I have an android phone. So I have guidelines only for them. There can be the following cases -
- Phone came with Talk, no upgrade to Hangouts yet -
- Awesome. No need to do anything.
- Phone came with Talk, upgrade to Hangouts available -
- Do not upgrade to Hangouts. Duh.
- Phone came with Talk, you upgraded it to Hangouts -
- Sign out from Hangouts, and degrade it to Talk.
- How to : Settings => Apps => Hangouts => Uninstall updates.
- Phone came with Talk, you upgraded it to Hangouts and reverted it back to Talk -
- Upgrade it to Hangouts.
- Sign out of it.
- Degrade it back to Talk.
- Phone came with Hangouts -
- I don't think you have an option. Either make your peace with it and start using Hangouts everywhere. Or sign out from Hangouts, never open it, and forget chatting from your phone.
- Disable and remove your phone-numbers from this - https://www.google.com/settings/smsextensions
- Still not done? One last shot is there. Pidgin. A word of caution though. Do this in a proxyless environment as a proxy might block the ports required for the IM client, Pidgin here, to work.
- Install Pidgin.
- Windows users - http://sourceforge.net/projects/pidgin/files/Pidgin/2.10.9/pidgin-2.10.9-offline.exe/download
- Ubuntu / Debian users - apt-get install pidgin
- Click on Add.
- Add Account. Gmail credentials. Select Google Talk as Protocol. Enter username and password. Don't worry about anything else.
- Click on Remember password, otherwise you might keep on getting this -
- If everything goes well, you should be able to see your Buddies. Make sure you are Available to see them.
- Buddies in the top bar => Get user info. Type in your email id there.
- You should get buddy info like this.
- As you can see, this account has currently got three active sessions running (including the one from Pidgin and Gmail. Don't worry about that). Note the IDs given for the “Resource” entry. Copy the whole content into a notepad/word file. All these IDs indicate a specific device/client in which Google talk is active.
- Now, close this window. Go offline where you can see the Buddy list. Click Manage Accounts and then select your account and delete it.
- Now, repeat the Add account process given in step 3. This time in addition to your Gmail credentials, give the Resource id in the Resource section. Sign-in.
- Now, once you are in the main window of the application, set your status as Offline. Refresh your Gmail and try to set your status as invisible. If you are not getting the ‘Oops…’ message, then you have done it! If you are still getting it, then follow the above step with the other Resource ids that you have seen (which you should have copied into the notepad/word file). Try them one-by-one till you are able to set your status as invisible in Gmail chat.