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. The lag times in the table below show how long it can take before data for specific Admin console reports and audit logs is available. Some reports might take longer to display updated information. 

Important: There's a small chance that reports and audit logs for some events will be delayed beyond the specified times below. In very rare cases, events may not be reported.

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
Currents Currents report 13 days
Calendar Calendar report 13 days
Classroom Classroom report 1–3 days
Document Link Shared Status Drive report 13 days
Security    
External shares External shares report 13 days
Internal shares Internal shares report 13 days
External Apps External Apps report 13 days
2-Step Verification Enrollment 2-Step Verification Enrollment report 13 days
Aggregate reports    
Accounts Accounts report 13 days
Gmail Gmail report 13 days
Mobile Mobile report 13 days
Drive Drive report 1–3 days
Currents Currents report 13 days
Apps Script Apps Script report 13 days
App Maker App Maker report 1–3 days
Hangouts Chat Hangouts Chat report 1–3 days
Apps usage activity    
Drive Storage Used Drive Storage Used report 1–3 days
Gmail Storage Used Gmail Storage Used report 1–3 days
Photos Storage Used Photo Storage Used report 1–3 days
Total Storage Used Total Storage Used report 1–3 days
Files edited Files edit report 1–3 days
Files viewed Files viewed report 1–3 days
Files added Files added report 13 days
Google Sheets added Google Sheets added report 13 days
Audit    
Admin Admin audit near real time (couple of minutes)
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
Currents Currents 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 up to a few hours
SAML SAML audit up to a few hours
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)
Data Studio Data Studio audit near real time (in most cases, a couple of minutes)
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.

Many products listed above (such as Gmail and Google Drive) are relevant for G Suite only, and not for other Google services, such as Cloud Identity.

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
Currents audit log 6 months
OAuth Token audit log (availability of these logs is dependent on your subscription, such as G Suite Enterprise) 6 months
Devices audit log (availability of these logs is dependent on your subscription, such as G Suite Enterprise) 6 months
SAML audit log 6 months
Drive audit log (availability of these logs is dependent on your subscription, such as G Suite Enterprise) 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
Meet quality tool 30 days
Voice audit log 6 months
User accounts audit log 6 months
Data Studio 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

Note: For reports and audit logs not mentioned here, the retention time is generally 6 months.

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