Turn Hangout history on or off
You can save all of the messages sent within a Hangout, as long as history is enabled for that Hangout. History is on by default for all Hangouts, but you can turn it off and on for each Hangout at any time.
Saving your Hangouts history lets you review your previous messages right from your Hangout window. Open a Hangout and scroll upward to see your saved messages. If you’ve downloaded the Hangouts mobile app, you can also view your Hangouts history from your phone and tablet.
While Hangout history is turned off, each message will be visible in the Hangout window for a short period of time and will then be deleted from the Hangout window.
To change your Hangout history settings for a specific Hangout:
- Select a person or a Hangout.
- Click the gear icon at the top of the Hangout window.
- Select or deselect the checkbox next to Save Hangout history.