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Admin console audit log

The Admin console audit log shows a history of every task performed in your Google Admin console and who performed the task. Use it to track how your administrators are managing your account's core Google services. The following Google Marketplace app events are also logged:

  • When a Marketplace app is added or removed from a domain an Add Application or Remove Application event gets logged in the audit log.
  • When a domain administrator grants or revokes data access to an application, an API Client Access Authorize or API Client Access Remove event is logged in the audit log.
  • When a Marketplace app is turned on/off for an Organizational Unit, a Service Change event gets logged.

Note: This article describes the new version of the Google Admin console Reports page. If your console doesn't match what this article describes, you might be using the old version.

To access the Admin console audit log, sign in to your Admin console and go to Reports > Audit > Admin. The page displays the following information:

  • Event Name—The action the administrator performed, such as adding a group to your organization's account, revoking a security key, or deleting a user.
  • Event Description—Details about the change, such as the new group's email address or the user account name that was deleted.
  • User—The administrator who performed the event.
  • IP Address—The internet protocol (IP) address used by the administrator to sign in to the Admin console. This might reflect the administrator's physical location, but not necessarily. For example, it could instead be a proxy server or a virtual private network (VPN) address.
  • Date—The date the event occurred (displayed in your browser's default timezone).

Use the Filters section at the side to configure the page to only display data that meets certain criteria. For example, the page can show events of a particular type, or events that occurred during a specific date range. Once you've entered your criteria, click Search to filter. To clear your filters, click Reset.

You can also use the Filters section to create and configure a custom alert. Custom alerts do not use the Date Range. Choose an event name from the drop-down list and your other filters, then click the SET ALERT button. In the Set alert: window you can add a custom alert name, check the Super Administrator(s) box, or add additional recipient user emails. After you configure your custom alert click the SAVE button. To edit your custom alerts, refer to Account activity alerts.

  • If you don't see the Filters section, click filter.
  • To change the columns the table displays, click Settings and choose the Select columns menu item. The page remembers the columns you choose and shows the same ones the next time you sign in.
  • The Audit logs are limited to 10,000 rows, regardless of the number of columns.
  • The log shows near real-time data (as recent as the last few minutes) and keeps data from up to six months ago.

The Admin console reports show historical data generated for the last seven days, the last month, the last three months, or the last six months. The date in the upper right indicates the most recent day for which report data is available. The pulldown arrow next to the date opens a calendar page you can use to select another day to use. The latest date for which all data points are present has a green background. You can select another date beyond the full data date but any later date you choose may have partial data and may only show a subset of the expected reports.

How long is data saved?

You're able to access saved Admin console audit logs and reports data this far back:

Audit log or report name

Data retention time

Admin audit log 6 months
Calendar audit log 6 months
OAuth Token audit log 6 months
Mobile audit log (Google Apps Unlimited) 6 months
SAML audit log 6 months
Drive audit log (Google Apps Unlimited) 6 months
Email log search 30 days
Account activity reports 6 months
Security reports 6 months
Groups audit log 6 months
Audit data retrieved using the API 6 months
Reporting data retrieved using the API 15 months

For any audit log or report not mentioned above the retention time should be 6 months.

Keep in mind reports do not reflect real-time data, and some reports may take longer to display updated information.

Lag times

The lag times in this table reflect how long it takes before collected data tied to specific Admin console reports and audit logs is available to view.

Item name Report name Lag time
Gmail Gmail report 13 days
Drive Drive report 26 days
Hangouts Hangouts report 13 days
Google+ Google+ report 13 days
Calendar Calendar report 13 days
Document Link Shared Status Drive report 26 days
External Link Shared Files Drive report 26 days
External Link Shared Files Security report 13 days
2-Step Verification Enrollment 2SV report 13 days
Aggregate reports    
Accounts Accounts report 13 days
Gmail Gmail report 13 days
Drive Drive report 26 days
Google+ Google+ report 13 days
Mobile Mobile report 13 days
Apps usage activity    
Files owned Drive report 26 days
Total Emails Gmail report 13 days
Total Storage Used (MB) Quota report 13 days
Admin Admin audit near real time (couple of minutes)
Login Login audit tens of minutes (can also go up to a couple of hours)
Drive Drive audit near real time (couple of minutes)
Calendar Calendar audit tens of minutes (can also go up to a couple of hours)
Mobile devices Mobile audit near real time (couple of minutes), up to 4 hours, if updated at next sync.
SAML SAML audit near real time (couple of minutes), up to 3 hours, if updated at next sync.
Token Token audit tens of minutes (can also go up to a couple of hours)
Groups Groups audit tens of minutes (can also go up to a couple of hours)
Email log search Email audit near real time (couple of minutes)


Retrieving report or audit log data for very old dates or large time ranges may take so much time that once results are available the most recent log entry may no longer be fresh. For applications that require real-time log monitoring use a small time range.

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