I use Hangouts to chat with friends. As I don't want to keep history, I set it to be turned off. So whenever I chat, in the input line I see a constant message of "History is turned off".

However, when I open Hangouts again, I can see messages that were sent days ago.

A simple question: how can I see older messages with history disabled?

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    In light of current events and allegations of improper monitoring and data collection, has it occurred to you that the setting is just for show? – wbogacz Oct 6 '13 at 18:42
  • That would be very unblushing. So I generously presume it is a working setting and I'll be told how to make it work. – Nestor Oct 6 '13 at 18:49

The history setting only affects messages as they are sent. Turning history off doesn't delete old messages that were sent while history was turned on. If you want to delete your old messages as well as stopping new messages being saved, you can do this with Delete in the chat's menu (or Delete history in the web-based client).

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    No, I deleted all the messages a long time ago and turned off history and now I can see the messages that I sent this afternoon. I need them gone without any interaction. – Nestor Oct 7 '13 at 20:52

Go to settings, apps and touch the app, and click clear data. Now check if you are able to change the settings and the the settings works.

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