Hangouts Chat is now Google Chat. You might temporarily see references to both names until this change rolls out everywhere.

Turn history on or off in Google Chat

When you message a person or group in Google Chat, you can choose to save your conversation or have it automatically deleted after 24 hours.

When anyone in the chat turns history on or off:

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

Work, school, & personal accounts

  • If you use Google Chat with a work or school account: Your organization determines if you can use the history setting to save your chats.
  • If you use Google Chat with a personal account: You can choose whether to turn history on or off.

Tip: If history is off, messages are deleted after 24 hours.

Turn history on or off in Chat or Gmail

  1. Go to Google Chat or your Gmail account.
  2. Select a conversation.
  3. At the top, next to the contact or conversation name, click the Down arrow "" or More options "".
  4. Select Turn on history or Turn off history.


Was this helpful?
How can we improve it?
Clear search
Close search
Google apps
Main menu
Search Help Center