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 and personal accounts
- If you use Google Chat with a work or school account: Your organisation 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
About history in spaces
When history is on
- History is always on in spaces with threaded conversations. If you use a Google Workspace account, learn how to start a new conversation thread.
- When history is on, people added to the space can view past messages from before they joined the space.
When history is off
- When history is off in spaces without threaded conversations, messages remain in your email if you forward them to your Gmail inbox.
- When history is off in a space, shared files won’t appear in that space’s 'Files' section. For people to view shared files, turn on space history and then share files. Learn how to manage your files in Gmail spaces.
- Even with history off, Google Chat may scan messages for spam, phishing and malware.
- Even with history off, if you use Google Chat with a work or school account, your organisation may scan messages for sensitive data.