How to backup and restore Skype chat history

By techgist, August 25th, 2009 in How-To  |  30 Comments


Skype IM is widely used by the business community, vital information are shared through Skype. There are chances that you may need to re-install Skype.  So it is always better to have a backup of the Skype chat history to avoid loss of important data.

Here is an easiest and quick way to backup Skype chat history for windows without using any software.

Backup Skype Chat History

To backup Skype chat history please follow the below steps,

1) Browse to the following folder:
C:\Documents and Settings\<windows user name>\Application Data\Skype

2) Copy all the files and folders and paste it in a safe location.

3) Now Backup is completed.

Restore Skype Chat History

To restore Skype chat history please follow the below steps,

1) Before you start restoring you must first Sign Out and Quit Skype.

2) Then browse to the following folder,
C:\Documents and Settings\<windows user name>\Application Data\Skype

3) Now copy all the folders we backed earlier and paste it in the above location. You need to click ‘yes’ to overwrite files and folders.

4) Now you can sign-in to Skype and see all your chat history.

5) Restore Complete. Enjoy!

Skype Contacts

Don’t worry about Skype contacts all your Skype contacts are stored in Skype server so as soon as you install Skype and login to your Skype all your contacts are grabbed.

Windows 7 users read this article

techgist tips : Always download or upgrade to latest version of Skype because higher versions will be bug free with improved performance with new exciting features. You can download the latest version of Skype from the below link.



  1. Kiruba — August 31, 2009 at 12:02 am

    Useful information shared. Thanks.

  2. Avijit — March 12, 2010 at 5:42 am

    Thanks….Good Help :)

  3. Alex — April 20, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    What about automated solution like G-Recorder?

  4. dude — June 6, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    thanks dude.. very useful

  5. csaba — June 19, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    i have no application data file at all!! what’s then?

  6. JC — July 8, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Will this process work if I have deleted my conversation/contact history. I can files and open in notepad but would really really like to have my chat history back in skype running as usual. I am a bit desperate here! Help

  7. Asker — July 11, 2010 at 1:02 am

    what if I am a windows 7 users I can’t restore backup this way

  8. IceMan — September 5, 2010 at 10:49 pm

  9. Jay — November 13, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Thanx….. useful information …. :)

  10. Arun — January 7, 2011 at 1:54 am

    Windows 7 users

    Take a copy of \Application Data\Skype\ folder to a safe location (from your previous installation)

    login to Skype at-least once on the new installation
    You will see a folder in C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Skype\

    rename this Skype user name folder to username.old
    copy back the previously backed up Skype folder here C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Skype\
    Login to Skype again

  11. Srinufx — February 10, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Thankyou so much!

  12. allan — March 23, 2011 at 6:18 am

    wow thanks to you yaaaaaaaaaaah

  13. Wesley — April 13, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    What if you have significant chat history on the other computer as well? Isn’t there a way to achieve this by merging and not overwriting?

  14. techgist — April 13, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    You can’t merge chat history so better backup the latest copy of your chat history and restore it.

  15. Elyza — May 2, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Wow! That’s a relaly neat answer!

  16. OLGA DIEZ — May 29, 2011 at 1:30 pm


  17. david — September 20, 2011 at 7:33 am

    Hi Csaba u can view the App Data after enable the “Show Hidden Files and Folders”

  18. Tony Dressler — October 19, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    How do you get to the documents and settings thing like you said copy this and the paste it then log back on then you should have every thing?

  19. joe — November 21, 2011 at 1:36 am

    how i can monitor my GF chat history and i have her username and password also we are in different

  20. Sakura — December 19, 2011 at 1:11 am

    Plssss help….
    My computer was reset and now I need important info stored in that chat history. Is it possible to restore the skype history on my computer at all?

  21. Arjun — December 25, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thanks to you

  22. Zerox — February 18, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Thank you very much. I was wondering if it was not possible, but you have helped me big time. (y)

  23. Vikas Bagekar — April 9, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Thanks a lot.
    It is very much helpful information.

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  25. ad — July 19, 2012 at 1:38 am

    How to remove skype messages??? Which are more than hour old..

  26. Anar — August 30, 2012 at 7:02 am

    To get the old data from Skype, I mistakenly overwrote the main.db , so now it has only the old data and not new/latest! I didnt take backup of the main.db before… can something be done to get the main.db I was using before I overwrote it? PLease Help!

  27. Bug man — October 29, 2012 at 7:16 am

    techgist tips : Always download or upgrade to latest version of Skype

    *** because higher versions will be bug free ***

    Hahaha.. Who wrote that? Not a coder…

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  29. Pradyumna — June 14, 2013 at 4:24 am

    Thanks for sharing this man, Very much helpfull

  30. Lal Liyanaaeachchi — November 23, 2013 at 4:43 am

    I have forgotten my previous Skype address and password. My Skype page is completely lost. I am unable to retrieve my previous Skype records. Please help me to get back to my previous Skype page.

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