Chat history of Skype is really important for some people. Usually backup is required when you either going to switch to another computer or going to perform a clean Windows install. So if you need to transfer Skype chat history you have to copy main.db file from Skype’s app data folder to another computer.
Snapshot of the guide
- This guide worked on Windows 8, 8.1, Windows 7 and XP. Useful for both Skype Desktop and Skype App versions.
- We are going to copy the chat history database (main.db) file from source computer.
- Install Skype on your new computer.
- Transfer database file to new computer’s
Where is Skype chat history stored?
Skype chat history is stored in a database file called main.db. Skype’s desktop version history file location may be vary according to your operating system like Windows 8 / 8.1, Windows 7 or Windows XP. To find where is chat history file stored on your computer and how to transferred it to another computer, follow the steps below.
Transfer Skype Chat History
Windows+R keys from keyboard to open Run window.
Skype desktop version users (version that you download and install from Skype website)
%AppData%/Skype in text-box and hit Enter. Here in this windows open folder named as your Skype username.
Step-1.1 : Only for Skype App version users (version that is available in Window 8 and 8.1 or installed from Windows Store)
For Skype built-in app users . Skype chat history file location is different.
Press Windows+R keys, copy and paste the following command in the run window
Here open the following folders:
Microsoft.SkypeApp*\LocalState. In this folder you will find a folder with your Skype username open it.
Find a file with the name
main.db, this is the main file of Skype chat history. Copy / backup it so you can transfer it to another computer.
Now go to your computer where you want to transfer chat history. Install Skype on it and log-in to Skype, the reason of logging into it is Skype needs to create some user specific folder. After successful log-in, sign-out from Skype and quit it.
Perform Step-1 or Steps-1.1 according to your Skype version. Open folder named as your Skype username. Replace the main.db file with the file that you have transferred from previous computer in step-2.
Now log-in to your Skype and your will see all previous history is available.
Skype Chat history settings:
If you want to clear all the chat history of Skype from computer or just want to keep history for a Week, Month, 3 mothes do the following steps.
Open Skype window, click on
Tools menu >
IM & SMS >
Show advanced options button. Click on drop-down menu as show below and select you desire settings.
Clear history button to clear all your chat history for computer.
If you are facing any trouble using this guide or successfully transfer Skype chat history please leave a comment below.