This publication describes techniques for passively sharing a current, detailed status of a user (e.g., availability, what they are doing, how to best communicate with the user) with close contacts. A user opts in to a Status Manager and can enable customized sharing with individuals (e.g., family, friends). The Status Manager best determines the current status of the user by passively using contextual information, for example from the computing device sensors or associated applications. Utilizing this information, a notification can be displayed on the computing device (e.g., messaging applications, communication applications, on a launcher screen) of the close contact, informing them of the current status of the user, and vice versa.

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