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Chatting in Google Talk
APPS & FEATURES

Chatting in Google Talk

Google Talk is Google’s instant messaging program. It lets you communicate with other people that also use Google Talk. If you signed in to your Google Account when you first set up HTC Rhyme, you are already signed in to Google Talk.
To open Google Talk, on the Home screen tap > Talk.

Chatting with a friend

  1. In Google Talk, tap a friend in the Friends list.
  2. Enter your message in the text box. You can also insert a smiley by pressing , and then tapping More > Insert smiley.
  3. Tap Send.
  4. While chatting, press and then tap any of these options:
    Chat off record Your Google Talk messages are stored in the Chats folder of your Gmail account. Tap this option if you don’t want to store your chat messages.
    Switch chats If you have more than one chat going, tap to switch chat with another friend.
    Friends list Return to the Friends list.
    Add to chat Add another friend to your chat. The friend you invited and the friend you're currently chatting will receive an invitation to a group chat. Each one who accepts the invitation joins the group chat.
    End chat End your current chat.
    More Clear the chat history, insert a smiley or view your friend’s contact details.

Chatting by voice or video

If your friends use Google Talk on a device with a microphone or camera, you can chat with them by voice or video.
Important: Set your online status to be available for voice or video chats. Tap your profile in the Friends list, and then select the Allow video and voice chats option.
  1. In the Friends list, do one of the following:
    • Tap beside your friend's name to start a voice chat.
    • Tap to start a video chat.
  2. During a video chat, you can:
    • Tap the screen to reveal the onscreen chat controls.
    • Press VOLUME UP and VOLUME DOWN to adjust the volume level.
  3. When you’re done with the voice or video chat, tap .

Accepting a chat invitation

When a friend sends you a Google Talk message, you receive a notification. Their entry in the Friends list displays the message.
Do one of the following:
  • In the Friends list, tap the friend who sent you the invitation to chat.
  • Open the Notifications panel, and then tap the chat notification.

Changing your online status and picture

  1. In Google Talk's Friends list, tap your name to open the Set Status screen.
  2. Enter your new status message. Or press to choose a custom status from the list.
  3. Tap the online status beside your picture, and then select the status you want on the menu.
  4. Tap your picture, and then do one of the following:
    • Tap Remove to remove your photo.
    • Tap Change to select another picture.
  5. Tap Done.
Your online status, message, and picture appear in your contacts' Friends list and in other apps where your Google Talk status are displayed.

Adding and managing friends

The Friends list is where you add and manage your friends in Google Talk.
In Google Talk's Friends list, you can:
Invite a friend
  1. Press , and then tap Add friend.
  2. Enter the Google Talk instant messaging ID or Gmail address of the friend you want to add.
  3. Tap Send invitation.
View all friends Initially, only those friends that you often chat with — the most popular — are shown in the Friends list. To view all your friends, press , and then tap All friends. To view only friends that you often chat with, press , and then tap Most popular.
Make a friend popular
  1. Press , and then tap All friends.
  2. Press and hold a friend’s name, and then tap Always show friend.
Block a friend You can block a friend from sending you messages. When blocked, your friend is removed from the Friends list and is added to the Blocked friends list.
  1. Press , and then tap All friends.
  2. Press and hold a friend’s name, and then tap Block friend.
Unblock a friend
  1. Press , and then tap More > Blocked.
  2. Tap the friend you want to unblock and then tap OK.
View all invited friends Press , and then tap More > Invites. Friends who have not yet accepted your invitation are listed on the screen.

Changing settings or signing out

In Google Talk's Friends list, press and then tap:
  • Settings to change the app and notification settings.
  • Sign out to sign out.
 
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