Filter & export log data & create alerts

You can customize what you review for any audit log in your Google Admin console. You can also set up alerts for certain activities.

Filter audit log data by user or activity

You can review specific events or user and admin activities. For example, find every time an admin changed a password for a particular user.

Note: If filtering by user, use a valid email address, for example

  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, under Audit log, click an audit topic.
  4. Click Add a filter.
  5. Select and enter the criteria for your filter and if needed, click Apply.

    For example, select Event name and then an event to see log entries for each time the event occurred.

Filter by organizational unit

You can filter by organizational unit to compare statistics between organizational units in a domain.

  1. At the top, click Organizational unit.
  2. Select an organizational unit and click Apply.

Filter by group

You can also filter by group. Before a group will appear in this filter, you'll need to whitelist that group:

  1. At the top, click Group filter.
  2. Click Whitelist groups.
    The Whitelist groups page is displayed.
  3. Click ADD GROUPS.
  4. Choose from the list of groups, or enter text to search for a group name.
  5. Click ADD to add specific groups to the list.
  6. Click SAVE.
  7. To customize your audit log data, return to your audit log, and click Group filter to filter by group.
    Note: After you add a group to the whitelist, changes may take up to 24 hours to propagate.

Filter by date

  1. At the top, click Date range.
  2. Select a period from the list or enter a start and end date and time.
  3. If needed, click Apply.

You can only filter the current organizational unit hierarchy, even when searching for older data. Data before December 20, 2018 will not appear in the filtered results.

Export your audit log data

You can export a maximum of 100,000 rows to Google Sheets or a CSV file.

  1. Open your audit log as shown above.
  2. (Optional) To change the data to include in your export, click Manage columns "", select or remove the columns that you want to export, and click Save.
  3. Click Download "".
  4. Under Select columns, click Currently selected columns or All columns.
  5. Select a format and click Download.

Create email alerts

Track specific activities by setting up email alerts. Admin-email alerts are based on system defined rules on the security rules page. For example, get an alert whenever there’s a suspicious sign-in attempt.

  1. Open your audit log as shown above.
  2. Click Add a filter.
  3. Enter or select the criteria for your filter and click Create reporting rule "".
  4. Enter a name for the rule.
  5. (Optional) To send the alert to all super admins, under Recipients, click Turn on "".
  6. Enter the email addresses of the recipients and click Create.
Learn more about setting up and editing admin email alerts.
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