Turn chat history on or off in Google Chat

If your organization allows it, you can use the history setting to choose whether to save your chats. If history is off, messages are deleted after 24 hours.

When anyone in the chat turns history on or off, there will be:

  • A note in the message stream that shows history was turned on or off.
  • A prompt in the compose box that says “History is on” or “History is off.”


  • History is always on in rooms with threaded conversations. Learn how to start a new conversation thread.
  • When chat history is off in rooms without threaded conversations, messages remain in your email if you forward them to your Gmail inbox.
  • When history in a room is off, shared files won’t show in that room’s “Files” section. For other room members to see shared files in the “Files” section, turn on room history and then share files. For more information, see Manage your files in Gmail rooms.

Turn history on or off in Chat

  1. Sign in to Chat.
  2. Select a conversation.
  3. On the top, next to the contact or conversation name, click the Down arrow "".
  4. Click Turn on history or Turn off history.

Turn chat history on or off in Gmail

  1. Sign in to Gmail.
  2. Select a conversation.
  3. Click More "" and then Turn on history or Turn off history
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