Google Chat audit log

Track users conversation and space activity

As an administrator, you can track conversation and discussion activity in your organization using the Google Chat audit log. For example, you can see when a user starts a direct message or creates a space.

Before you begin

If you have Google Chat history turned off for your users, you won't see data for users who send direct messages, and you won't see data for the Direct message started event. To check your settings, go to Turn history on or off.

Open the Google Chat audit log

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Reports.
  3. On the left, click Auditand thenGoogle Chat.
  4. (Optional) To customize what data you see, on the right, click Manage columns "". Select the columns that you want to see or hideand thenclick Save.

Data you can view

The Google Chat audit log provides the following information:

Data Type Description
Event name The action that was logged, such as starting a conversation or creating a space
Event description Details of the event
User The name of the user who performed the action
Date Date and time the event occurred (displayed in your browser's default time zone)

Note: If you have the Chat data loss prevention beta, the DLP scan status can also be added to Chat audit logs for Attachment upload, Message edited, and Message posted events.

Event names

From the Add a filter drop-down list, select an Event name to filter data for that event. The audit log shows entries for each time the particular event occurred during the time range that you set. Event names for the Google Chat audit log include:

  • Add space member
  • Attachment download
  • Attachment upload
  • Direct message started
  • Invite send
  • Message edited
  • Message posted
  • Remove space member
  • Space created

When and how long is data available?

Go to Data retention and lag times.

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