How to Search for Chat Messages and Content in Google Chat

Quick and easy-to-follow guide for Google Chat users

What can you find by searching in Google Chat

  • You can find specific messages in Google Chat by searching. 
  • You can also search for messages from specific people or certain types of content, such as images, PDFs, links, etc.

How to search for messages and content in Google Chat step-by-step with images

Step 1

How To Search For Chat Messages And Content In Google Chat - Step 1

In Google Chat https://chat.google.com, click the Search in chat and rooms bar on top.

Step 2

How To Search For Chat Messages And Content In Google Chat - Step 2

In this example, we’re searching for the word “hungry.”

This brings up two results – one is a message in the “Meow When Hungry” chat room, where we sent the message “Hi boys! Meow here when hungry!”.

We also got another result from a direct message to Rocky Boy, where we sent the message “Hi Rocky! Are you hungry?”.

Clicking Go to thread under a search result will take you directly to the chat message.

Step 3

How To Search For Chat Messages And Content In Google Chat - Step 3

Clicking the options on top allows you to narrow down the scope of your search. 

For example, you can click one of the icons, such as Me, Images, Video, Link, etc., to look for a specific type of content. 

Clicking someone’s profile picture gets the search to only display content sent by the person you clicked. In this example, we searched for “meow” and clicked Petey Parker’s profile picture. The search results brought up two separate messages that included “meow” in the Meow When Hungry chat room.

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