How to Recover Gmail Chat I Accidentally Deleted

Deleted Gmail chat logs and messages remain in your Trash folder for 30 days, and you can find them there to return them to your Inbox. Gmail automatically logs chat sessions unless you manually disable chat logging.

Recovering a Message or Chat Log From the Trash

Step

To see your deleted messages in Gmail, click the Trash label in the left pane.

Click the "Trash" label.
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Check the check box next to the message.
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Step

Locate the message or chat log you want to recover and click its check box.

Click the Move To button then select Inbox.
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Step

Click the Move To button and then select Inbox in the pop-up menu to restore the message to your inbox.

Going Off the Record in Gmail Chat

By default, Gmail saves a complete transcript of each of your chat sessions in a folder called Chats.

You can disable it from logging a particular chat session through that session's Options menu.

Step

In a chat session, click the Options icon.

Click the "Options" icon.
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Step

Within the Options menu, uncheck the Hangout History option to stop logging the session.

Step

A message will appear in the chat window and the chat window of the person you're chatting with indicating that chat history logging has been disabled.