Google Hangouts has been replaced by Google Chat. Learn about the switch from Google Hangouts to Google Chat.

Search for Google Chat messages

You can search all of your messages in Google Chat. Or, you can search for messages that include specific people or certain types of content, such as images.

Important:

  • You can find the “Messages” and “Spaces” tabs in Gmail if you have Chat in Gmail enabled.
  • You can only search for chat messages in conversations you've already joined

Chat suggestions

As you type in the Chat search bar, suggestions based on your past search history may appear. You can select a suggested search result to find messages.

Keep in mind:

  • Suggestions are only available on Android.
  • Suggestions are stored for 90 days.
  • Search history for suggestions isn’t shared between Chat and Chat in Gmail.
  • You can delete any recent searches, and delete all search history for chat and spaces.

Search for Chat messages in conversations you've already joined

  1. Go to Google Chat or your Gmail account.
  2. At the top, click in the search box that says “Search all conversations” or “Search in chat and spaces.”
  3. Enter search text and press Enter.
    • Gmail: Under the search box, click Messages.
  4. To open a result, click on it.

Search for Chat messages in a space or conversation

  1. Go to Google Chat or your Gmail account.
  2. Select the space or conversation you want to search.
  3. At the top right, click Search in this chat "".
    • Gmail: Under the search box, click Messages.
  4. Enter search text.
  5. Press Enter.
  6. To open a result, click on it.

Add filters when you search for Chat messages

  1. Go to your Gmail account.
  2. On the left, select Chat or Spaces.
  3. Enter search text. As you enter text, filters appear below.
  4. Select a filter to find the following types of messages:
    • From: Messages sent from specific people.
    • Said in: Messages said in a specific conversation or space.
    • Date: Messages sent during a specific date range.
    • Has file: Messages that include documents, spreadsheets, slides, and more.
    • Has link: Messages that include links.
    • Mentions me: Messages that mention you.
  5. To open a result, click it.
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