How To: Backup Skype Files and Chat History

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Although you are using Skype, you can check the history of recent conversations from the application at any time; you may need to export your chat and shared file history to keep a recording offline for backup purposes or as proof of a confidential conversation.

In the old version of the software, the process of exporting the chat history was simple because the client had the ability to perform this task, but for some strange reason, the selection was removed from the application developed for Windows 10. However, you can still export your chat history and the files you have shared with others after sending a request to the service to download a copy of your conversations.

Skype is configured by default to store your discussions in text mode in the cloud for a limited period of time (30 days). It will then be deleted. So, what do you do if you want to find something important there? Microsoft has a solution. You can save Skype files and chat history. Here’s how to do it on a Windows 10 PC.

In this tutorial, we show you how to save your Skype conversation (including call logs) directly from your PC.

Visit the Export Skype export files page and chat history to make a request.

  1. Go to and log in with your Microsoft account.
  2. Once connected, select what you want to download, for example
    • Conversation
    • Files
  3. When you are finished, click on the’Send request’ button visible here.
  4. A message immediately appears indicating that “Your export is in preparation”. Come back soon to download it.

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Enable Skype data storage on your computer

We need to make sure that Skype stores the data on your PC so that you can back it up. To check if Skype stores local data or not, open Skype and click Tools in the main menu. Click on “Options” in the menu that opens.

In “Options”, click on “Privacy”, then on “Privacy Settings”. You will find here a section’Keep history for’ with a drop-down menu below. Make sure that it is set to “forever” and not to “no history”.

Copy the Main.db file.

1. Open the Run command on your Windows desktop.

2. type %appdata%\skype in the Run dialog box.

3. click on OK.

4. open the file with your Skype Name. Depending on the version of Skype, it may contain other words/characters, but it’s the only one that contains your username.

5. Copy the main.db file (which may not have the.db suffix depending on the version) and move it to a safe place for storage.

If you have any questions or know of another reliable way to secure Skype discussions, please let us know in the comments below.

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