Hide or delete a conversation

You can hide or delete the history of a direct message in Google Chat and Gmail. You can only hide or delete a direct message with another person.

  • Hide conversation—Removes your copy of a conversation. It doesn't remove the conversation from other participants' views. If you hide a conversation and then chat with that person again, your chat history reappears (if it's turned on).
  • Delete conversation—Permanently deletes your copy of a conversation's history. It doesn't delete the conversation from other participants' history.

Hide a direct message

Important: You can’t hide a group message with 2 or more people.

  1. On your computer,  open Google Chat or Gmail.
    • In Gmail: On the left, click Chat.
  2. On the left, next to the person's name or group, click More and then Hide conversation .

Delete a direct message

Important: You can’t delete a group message with 2 or more people.

  1. On your computer,  open Google Chat or Gmail.
    • In Gmail: On the left, click Chat.
  2. On the left, next to the person's name, click More and then Delete conversation.
  3. To confirm, click Delete.

To delete a single message instead of a conversation, go to Edit or delete a message.

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