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Data retention and lag times

You may find that your Admin console reports and audit logs are not fully populated with the latest data. Keep in mind reports do not reflect real-time data, and some reports may take longer to display updated information.

Note: Many of the categories listed below (such as Gmail and Drive) are relevant for G Suite only, and not for other Google services such as Cloud Identity.

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
Highlights    
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
Security    
External Link Shared Files Drive report 26 days
External Link Shared Files Security report 13 days
Less Secure Apps Access 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
Audit    
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)
Google+ Google+ audit near real time (couple of minutes)
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 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.

Here's the data retention times for each Admin console audit log or report:

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
Google+ 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
Customer/User usage data retrieved using the API  15 months

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

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