Google Business Profile Removing Chat and Call History: What You Need to Know

Google has recently announced that it will be removing the chat and call history features from Google Business Profiles. This decision is part of their ongoing efforts to streamline their services and improve overall user experience. While the announcement may come as a surprise to many businesses that rely on these features, Google has provided a clear timeline for the phase-out process and instructions on how to download existing chat and call history data before it’s permanently deleted. 

In this, we will cover everything you need to know about these changes, including the important dates, how to download your data, how the chat and call history features worked, and the pros and cons of this update.

Important Dates Regarding Google Business Profile

Here are the key dates you need to be aware of regarding the removal of Google Business Profile chat and call history:

  • July 15, 2024: Customers will no longer be able to start new chat conversations with your business from your Google listing. Users already engaged in existing chat conversations will be notified that the chat will phase-out.
  • July 31, 2024: The chat function in Google Business Profile will end. You will no longer receive new chat messages, and you will no longer see call history in Google Business Profile. However, customers can still find and contact you via Google Search and Maps.

Download Your History Now

Before these features are removed, it’s crucial to download your chat and call history from your Google Business Profile. In doing so, this data can be invaluable for future reference, helping you track past customer interactions, understand frequently asked questions, and analyze call patterns.

To download your history, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your Google Business Profile account.
  2. Navigate to the chat and call history sections.
  3. Follow the prompts to export and save your data securely.

By doing this, you ensure that you have a record of important customer interactions and call details before Google permanently deletes your chat and call history.

How Did Google Business Profile Chat and Call History Work?

Google Business Profile’s chat and call history features allowed businesses to interact directly with customers who found them via Google Maps and Google Search. Here’s a closer look at how these features worked:

  • Chat Functionality: Enabled customers to initiate conversations with businesses directly from their Google listing. This feature was particularly useful for quick queries and customer support.
  • Call History: Logged all incoming calls from customers who used the phone number listed on a business’s Google profile. This data helped businesses identify call patterns, peak hours, and assess the effectiveness of their Google listings in driving phone traffic.

Together, these features provided businesses with valuable insights into their customer interactions and allowed for improved customer service and marketing efforts.

The Pros and Cons of this New Update

With Google removing the chat and call history features, there are both positive and negative implications for businesses. With this in mind, let’s take a look at how this will affect you.


  • Reduction in Spam Messages: The chat feature often led to an increase in spam messages, which could be frustrating for businesses to manage. Removing this feature can reduce the amount of spam received.
  • Streamlined Services: By eliminating underutilized features, Google can focus on enhancing other aspects of Google Business Profiles, potentially leading to a more efficient and user-friendly experience.


  • Loss of Valuable Data: Businesses will no longer have access to call history data. This could be used to analyze call patterns, track lead sources, and improve marketing efforts.
  • Reduced Customer Interaction: The removal of chat functionality means one less channel for direct customer communication. This could impact customer satisfaction and engagement. Additionally, studies show Gen Z’s prefer messaging over phone calls.
  • Impact on Marketing Strategies: Businesses that relied on call history to measure the success of their Google listings and marketing strategies will need to find alternative methods to gather this information.

Next Steps

As Google phases out the chat and call history features, it’s important for businesses to adapt and find new ways to maintain effective customer communication, as well as tracking marketing performance.

For those looking to enhance their web and marketing strategies, the experts at Innovative Global Vision are here for you. We offer comprehensive services to help you navigate these changes and continue to grow your business. Contact us today to learn more about how we can support your digital marketing needs and keep your business ahead of the curve.

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Stuart Silcox
May 28, 2024

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