What is Google Vault?

Google Vault lets you retain, hold, search, and export data to support your organization’s archiving and eDiscovery needs. Vault supports:

  • Email messages
  • Chats in classic Hangouts with history turned on and Google Talk chats that are on the record
  • Google Groups
  • Files in Google Drive
  • Conversations in Hangouts Chat with history turned on.
  • Recordings in Hangouts Meet

Vault is entirely web-based, so there's no need to install or maintain any software. Vault is included with G Suite Enterprise, Business, Education, or Drive Enterprise edition. (Compare editions.) Or you can buy Vault licenses for an additional $5 per user, per month.

Use Vault for:

  • Archiving—Set retention rules to control how long data is retained before being removed from user accounts and deleted from Google systems. Learn about retention.
  • Legal holds—Place holds on users to preserve their data indefinitely in order to meet legal or other retention obligations. Learn about holds.
  • Search—Search your domain's data by user account, organizational unit, date, or keyword. Vault supports Boolean and wildcard operator searches. Learn about search.
  • Export—Export data for additional processing and review. Learn about exporting.
  • Audit reports—Use Vault audit reports to learn about actions Vault users have taken during a specified period of time. Learn about audits.

Get started with your free 30-day trial.

Tip! If your organization already has Vault, set up Vault for your domain and get started with search and export.


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