Do you get inopportune IM chats on your Android phone, even if you haven’t activated the Google Talk application? There’s a setting in the app that always makes you available. Here’s how to turn it off.
The Tech Recipes blog points out the semi-hidden setting in Google Talk. Fire up the application, hit the Menu button, then choose Settings. Un-check the “Automatically sign in” option, hit your back button, and then hit Menu and sign out of Google Talk. Now you’re only signed in and receiving chats when you consciously activate Google Talk.
From experience, many Google Talk chatters aren’t using Gmail to access you, and can’t see the little Android icon indicating you might not be at your computer, but at the grocery store instead. Unless you’re in love with your notification sounds, turning off the auto-chat feature is probably a good move to make.