Data retention and lag times

You might find that your Admin console reports and audit logs don’t show the latest data, because reports don’t reflect real-time data. Some reports might take longer to display updated information.

Note: Many products listed below (such as Gmail and Google 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 show how long it can take before data for specific Admin console reports and audit logs is available.

Item name Report name Lag time
Highlights    
Gmail Gmail report 13 days
Drive Drive report 13 days
Hangouts Hangouts report 13 days
Google+ Google+ report 13 days
Calendar Calendar report 13 days
Document Link Shared Status Drive report 13 days
Security    
External Link Shared Files Drive report 13 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 13 days
Google+ Google+ report 13 days
Mobile Mobile report 13 days
Apps usage activity    
Files added Drive report 13 days
Total Emails Gmail report 13 days
Total Storage Used (MB) Quota report 13 days
Audit    
Admin Admin audit 13 days
Login Login audit 1–2 days
Drive Drive audit near real time (couple of minutes)
Calendar Calendar audit tens of minutes (can also go up to a couple of hours)
Jamboard Jamboard audit 13 days
Google+ Google+ audit 13 days
Chat Chat audit 13 days
Meet Meet audit near real time (couple of minutes)
Voice Voice audit 13 days
Mobile devices Devices 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
LDAP LDAP audit 13 days
Token Token audit a couple of hours
Groups Groups audit tens of minutes (can also go up to a couple of hours)
User accounts User accounts audit tens of minutes
Access Transparency Access Transparency audit near real time (couple of minutes)
Email log search Email audit 13 days

Retrieving report or audit log data for older dates or a wide time range might take so long that, by the time results are available, the most recent log data might no longer be fresh. For tools that require real-time monitoring, use a short time range.

How long is data saved?

You can access 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
Jamboard audit log 6 months
Google+ audit log 6 months
OAuth Token audit log 6 months
Devices audit log (G Suite Business +) 6 months
SAML audit log 6 months
Drive audit log (G Suite Business +) 6 months
Email log search 30 days
Account activity reports 6 months
Security reports 6 months
Groups audit log 6 months
Chat audit log 6 months
Meet audit log 6 months
Voice audit log 6 months
User accounts audit log 6 months
Access Transparency 6 months
Audit data retrieved using the API 6 months
Customer/User usage data retrieved using the API  15 months
Entities usage data retrieved using the API  30 days

For any report or audit log not mentioned here, the retention time is 6 months.

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