Google Privacy: Prevent Google Chat From Recording Your Conversations

Chat on Google Talk incognito styleWhenever you have a conversation on Google Talk or via Gmail chat, your conversation is being logged online. Thankfully Google has included a setting that allows you to disable conversation logging, aptly named Go Off the Record.


By default all of your Google Chats are simultaneously saved to a folder in Gmail. If you’ve already been chatting it up on Google Talk then you’ll have several conversations in there. Here’s how to take your chats off the record.

Open a Google Talk window with anyone on your contacts list. Then in the top-right corner click the drop down menu. Then click Go Off the Record.

go off the record doing a google chat conversation

You’ll see a message at the bottom of the chat window letting you know your chat is off the record.
google will no longer record your chats

You can make this setting the new default for all of your Google Chats too. Go to Mail Settings >> Chat. Select Never Save Chat History and click Save Changes.

disable Google chat logging entirely

Google will no longer save your chats in your Gmail folder. Keep in mind this doesn’t prevent your contacts from taking screenshots or using third-party software to record your chat session — it simply takes away the Google factor.

If you’ve had previous conversations that were on the record, it’s saved in your Gmail account.

Sign into Gmail and in the left panel, click More >> Chats. Here you’ll find all of your saved chats from previous sessions. Now you can sort and delete saved conversations.

find old recorded chats in Gmail

If that method requires too much work for your taste, there’s an easier way. In the Search Mail field type: in:chat and the same list will appear.


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  1. Ken

    October 1, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Thanks! It worked!

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