Overall, once it comes to backing up past Skype messages, many Windows users consider the database file (.db) in %AppData%\Skype to be their best bet. That being said, some people have experienced difficulty finding the database file in the Skype folder. You also want to back up your old message on Skype but don’t know where the database file is? Then it’s strongly recommended that you spare some time to check out this article.
An Analysis Of The Situation
In case you don’t know, the database file of Skype used to be located at %AppData%\Skype\<Skype Name>. However, in recent versions of Skype, the database file is located at another location: %localappdata%\Packages\Microsoft.SkypeApp_kzf8qxf38zg5c\LocalState\<Skype Name>.
Backing Up Skype Messages: Guidelines
- Step 1: Press Windows + R to open, type %localappdata%\Packages\Microsoft.SkypeApp_kzf8qxf38zg5c\LocalState and hit OK.
- Step 2: Locate a file called main.db file, right-click it and pick Copy.
- Step 3: Go to a secured location, right-click an empty space and pick Paste.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is there a way to export my messages and media from Skype chat?
In times of need, you can also export your messages as well as media from Skype chat. To do so, you only need to use your Skype ID to sign in to the Skype export page.
- Step 1: Launch your web browser, go to the Skype export page and sign in using your Skype ID. Next, hit one of the following options to download files:
- Conversations: Exported messages include Skype and SMS messages, polls, scheduled calls, swift cards, and location shares.
- Files: Exported media includes files, pictures, videos, video messages, voice mail, and call recordings.
- Step 2: After you finish, select Submit request and choose Continue once prompted.
- Step 3: Check up on Available Exports from time to time to supervise the status of your export.
- Step 4: When a link to download your files appears, hit Download to initiate the download process. Last but not least, extract your messages and media from the .rar export file you recently downloaded using an extraction program of your choosing.
Which version of Skype should I use?
Once it comes to the version of Skype to use, you could use whatever version you like. However, for optimal performance and up-to-date features, we suggest that you use the latest version of Skype available for your system. As of November 2022, the latest version of Skype for Windows, Linux, and Mac users is version 184.108.40.2067. You may download it using this link here.
Can I run more than one instance of Skype on my PC?
No, you can’t. It is not possible to run several instances of Skype on the same device at the same time. However, there are a few ways to access multiple accounts at the same time. Here is an example, You can sign in to your business account on your PC and with your personal account on your phone. However, you can’t use the business account and your personal account on a PC or phone at the same time.
Can I delete Skype without deleting my Microsoft account?
No, you cannot remove your Skype account unless you also delete your Microsoft account. While there was formerly a way to unlink both accounts, Microsoft has recently removed it. However, if you wish to keep your Microsoft account, you can hide your Skype profile instead.
Does Skype have a limit?
No, generally, the video sessions on Skype may take up to 24 hours.
As PCWorld’s senior editor, Mark focuses on Microsoft news and chip technology, among other beats. He has formerly written for PCMag, BYTE, Slashdot, eWEEK, and ReadWrite.