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, or offline. You can also go invisible to appear offline to other users.

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 () to open your user card.

  3. Click Set status.

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

  5. Click Save.

  1. Click on your profile picture in the upper right corner of the web or desktop app.

  2. Click Set status.

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

  4. Click Save.

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

  2. Tap Set your status.

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

  4. Tap Save.

Clear a status

  1. Hover over your name in the right sidebar.

  2. Click on the ellipsis () to open your user card.

  3. Click on the to the right of your current status.

  1. Click on your profile picture in the upper right corner of the web or desktop app.

  2. Click on the to the right of your current status.

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

  2. Tap Set your status.

  3. Tap the x (x) to the right of your current status.

  4. Tap Save.

View a status

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

  1. Hover over a user's name in the right sidebar, or in the Direct messages section in the left sidebar, to view their status message if they have one set.

You can also click on a user's profile picture or name on a message they sent to view their status in their user card, or configure status text to always be shown in the right sidebar.

  1. Tap on a user's profile picture or name to open their profile.

  2. Look for their status below the user's role (e.g., Member) if they have one set.

If you are viewing a direct message conversation, you can also tap the information (information) button in the top right corner of the app to open their profile.

Configure how statuses are displayed

You can choose whether or not status text is displayed in the right sidebar. With the compact option, only status emoji are shown.

  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 Preferences.

  4. Under Advanced, select Compact or Show status and text for the user list style.

You can always hover over a user's name in the right sidebar to view their status message if they have one set.

Availability

There are three availability states:

  • 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, or you have turned on invisible mode.

You can see when someone offline was last active by hovering over their name in the left or right sidebar.

Invisible mode

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, 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 approximate time you enabled this setting.

Toggle invisible mode

  1. Hover over your name in the right sidebar.

  2. Click on the ellipsis () to open your user card.

  3. To enable, you'll select Go invisible.

  4. To disable, you'll select Turn off invisible mode.

You can also toggle this setting in the Account & privacy tab of your Personal settings menu.

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

  2. Toggle Invisible mode.