Status and availability

Status and availability let everyone know roughly how quickly you'll be responding to messages.

A status is a customizable emoji, along with a short message. A typical status might be "📅 In a meeting" or "🏠 Working remotely". To make it easy to notice, the status emoji is shown next to your name in the sidebars, message feed, and compose box.

Your availability is a colored dot (like ) that indicates if you're currently active on Zulip, idle, offline, or unavailable.

Statuses

Set a status

You can set a status emoji, status message, or both.

  1. Hover over your name in the right sidebar.

  2. Click on the ellipsis ().

  3. Click Set a status.

  4. Click to select one of the common statuses, or choose any emoji and/or write a short message.

  5. Click Save.

  1. Tap your profile picture in the bottom right corner of the app.

  2. Tap Set a status.

  3. Tap to select one of the common statuses, or choose any emoji and/or write a short message.

  4. Tap Save.

View a status

Status emoji are shown next to a user's name in the sidebars, message feed, and compose box.

You can view status messages by hovering over your or anyone else's name in the left or right sidebar, or by clicking the user's name or avatar in the main message feed. If someone hasn't set a message as part of their status, then no status message will appear.

Availability

There are four possible availabilities:

  • Active (): Zulip is open and in focus on web, desktop or mobile, or was in the last 140 seconds.

  • Idle (): Zulip is open on your computer (either desktop or web), but you are not active.

  • Offline (): Zulip is not open on your computer.

  • Unavailable (): You can always manually set your availability to unavailable.

You can see when someone was last recorded as active by hovering over their name in the left or right sidebar (even if the user is marked as unavailable).

Set yourself as unavailable

  1. Hover over your name in the right sidebar.

  2. Click on the ellipsis ().

  3. Click Set yourself as unavailable.

  1. Tap your profile picture in the bottom right corner of the app.

  2. Toggle Set yourself to away.

You can also use the same menu to mark yourself as available again.

Disable updating availability

Zulip supports the privacy option of never updating the availability information for your account. The result is that you will always appear to other users as Offline (or Unavailable, if you've set an appropriate status), regardless of your activity in Zulip.

With this setting, your "Last active" time displayed to other users in the UI will be frozen as the time you enabled this setting.

  1. Click on the gear () icon in the upper right corner of the web or desktop app.

  2. Select Personal settings.

  3. On the left, click Account & privacy.

  4. Under Privacy, toggle Display my availability to other users.

Note that because this setting works by making your availability stop updating, you'll still appear to other users as active for a few minutes after disabling updates to your availability.