Skype Chat History

You were young and not aware that your skype chat history might affect your future work. Delete it now before your future boss discovers it. It may affect your promotion or pending job hiring


  1. Wow thanks guys. I was getting worried that my wife would see some of the online chats I have with friend and girls at work. She might take the harmless flirting the wrong way !

  2. But doing that erases all the chat history. What if I want to erase to chat history with one person only?

  3. wish i had read that earlier, i might not be in the shit now… sound advice, alas too late for me

  4. ciao qualcuno invece sa come si puo fare per recuperare le chat di skype anche se ho disinstallato skype dal mio pc?

  5. Clear the Chat History of one contact in Skype
    Posted by Martin in Security, The Web Tags: skype, skype security, skype tips



    Did you know that the default setting for the Skype Chat History is forever ? That means, every chat with every contact is still visible using the View Chat History right-click menu option. This could be a privacy related issue if someone else has access to your computer.

    Skype offers a way to delete the complete chat history of every contact and to change the time period in which the chat history is kept. It leaves the user clueless however on how to remove the chat history with one contact only and the official answer from Skype is that it is not possible to delete the chat history of one contact.

    This is only partially correct. There is no easy way to clear the chat history but there is one. Skype saves all chats with contacts in a Skype folder in Documents & Settings. The full path would be C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Skype\skype username.

    In there you find the databases chatmsg256.dbb, chatmsg512.dbb, chatmsg1024.dbb, chatmsg2048.dbb, chatmsg4096.dbb and chatmsg8192.dbb. Those files contain your chat history. Unfortunately though those are not sorted by contact but by length.

    This means that you would have to open each of the files and look for the lines of the contact that you want to delete. What makes things worse is that there will be lots of garbage in the text editor and that it is not always obvious who the chat contact of the current line is.

    The best approach in my opinion would be to make copies of the files and work with them. You can’t open the originals if Skype is open and you do need Skype to look at the chat history and search for the phrases in those files.

    It is lots of work but the only working way of clearing the chat history of one contact in Skype.

  6. Now, going back on the privacy issue, I don’t particularly like that your conversations will always be saved. Guess its like email… just gotta learn how to not write anything you may regret… ever.

    Also, people take Skype chats and can use them out of context with third parties.

  7. 1) Download SQLiteSpy
    2) Close Skype.
    3) Find main.db in D:\Documents and Settings\\Application Data\Skype\\
    4) Open it in SQLiteSpy
    5) View all your data and use SQL commands to remove unneeded messages, such as
    “delete from Messages where author=’sweetheart'”
    6) Vacuum Database
    7) Close SQLiteSpy
    8) Open skype

  8. I found it a great help!! It has now pretected me from getting in deep trouble with mum!! Im so glad i hid my convo with my boyfriend! Thankyou! I thourght the instructions were great and very easy to follow and understand even for a thick computer person!!

  9. Its really helped me to maintain privacy. Skype is a very good tool for communicating across the world. I really appreciate the complete step by step procedure for understanding even for non tech guy. Great process.

  10. Hola a todos.

    Por lo que lei skype almacena un historial de las conversaciones de chat en el disco c:

    necesito borrar ungente Algunas conversaciones de chat de Skype desde mi computadora,

    el problema es que no se en que carpeta los archiva el sistema operativo Windows Vista, tampoco la extension que tiene este archivo, he buscado en todo mi pc pero no he encontrado nada.

    alguien puede ayudarme? por favor


  11. I can’t see my historic on my skype page but i can find them on the path. Someone can help me to read them because those files are in .dat and i don’t know what to use to read it. Edit pad and note pad doesn’t work

  12. I cleared my history in Skype, as described above. However, I need to try to recover my last conversation before I cleared it. When I open main.db in Wordpad, I still see some of the last conversation I had. However, when I open main.db in SQLiteSpy, I can’t see that conversation. Any help?

  13. folks thanks for all this …. is there absolutely no way at all to do something within skype files to permanently set defauly to “no history” ? I regularly run a file erase on the skype folders (i think this also erases the config file) and each time I do skype starts with “history forever” default again …….

  14. gabby you can change the default to no history in Skype – Options – Privacy (you may need to click advanced after this) – then from here you will see there is a drop down box for history settings. Just change this to No History

  15. Well, the Delete history is gone for ever
    I have been using skype for over 4 yrs and it had lots of info now am free.

  16. I want to back my skype older message .How can I get this?please mail to me.Its have very important data in my life.

  17. I used to be able to view my chat history from whenever, but now it only seems to let me see Yesterday or 7 days. How can I see older messages?

  18. Hello,

    I want to check a very important chat history with a contact in my contact list. but when i click on chat history, all I see is a blank chat window. though some of the chat histories am able to retrieve. Does formatting the system delete chat history. If yes, is there anyway to get the history back.

    Any help will be highly appreciated.

  19. It’s funny that everyone thinks you are safe if you just delete the chat history from within skype. Don’t be lulled into false security. You need to go into C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Application Data\Skype and delete the backups of your convos there too. Especially if the person you are hiding whatever you are hiding it from is computer savvy.

  20. I share a skype login with my husband – I have set the privacy to ‘no history’ on my computer and so there is no history visible. But when he has skype open my last chat with a friend is still there for all to see. The privacy setting does NOT delete the chat, it just hides it from your view and creates a false sense of security.

    Also on ‘no history’ – I just opened Skype and there was a message waiting for me, but before I could read it Skype decided to upgrade. Then it shut down and required a login again. The waiting message was no longer available when I logged back in, it seems to have been deleted from history when Skype needed to restart.

  21. how can i see my chat history from another pc?!!when i want to review my chat in work from home it doesnt show??so how can i do that?any help plese

  22. I am not able to see old messages on right clicking a contact for ‘view old messages’ . the tools>options>… is well set.

  23. Hi..
    basically i had a skype account on my old computer, i deleted all my conversation history… i changed computer and i waswondering if there is ANY way possible of retrieving it as it has old contacts ad so on.. if anyone could help that would be amazing, thanks! =]

  24. To save for one contact, type this in your convo to the specific person:


    Then select all, copy, and paste. /htmlhistory used to work and open it up in a new tab on your web browser…but stopped working.

    I don’t think this is scary at all, unless you have something to hide amongst the people who are on your computer. I’m glad that this is the default. So many people have told me phone numbers and addresses that I have to end up looking through the history for. Also, I’ve had lots of intriguing conversations that I’m glad still exist.

    If you want to back up your files, open up command prompt (search how for your Windows version). Then type this:

    cd %appdata%
    xcopy Skype C:\skype_backup_folder\ /e /i /h /-y

    Or, copy and paste this into a file named “backup_skype.bat”. Only use this if you feel comfortable with it. Then whenever you want to backup, just double click backup_skype.bat.

    xcopy %appdata%\Skype C:\skype_backup_folder\ /d /e /i /h /y

  25. I’m not allowed to have any personal conversations during work, is there a way the HR manager can check my messages on skype from her computer? I know she does that with my msn conversations. Please help, because if that’s the case I will only email.

  26. while i was instaling a new version of skype i accdently deleted all my old message whic was so important to me and nw i cant retrieve those msges…how can i get those old chat messages again to my contats..i am realy sad bez of new msges r getting saved but my old chat messages r not there..plzz plzzz do help me wit this..hope u can help me wit this there any way to get those old chat messages back to my contat….plssssssss help me….ummm…….

  27. i have chat history in my skype. i want to share these chat history to other people in my contact list. how can i do it?

  28. boa tarde!
    É uma pergunta boba, mas gostaria de saber, se qdo ha uma conta do skype aberto e eu abro a msm conta em outro pc, aparece que o usuario esta logado em duas redes, como no msn???

  29. hey guys I updated my skype , and only now it shows only 6 months of the history, but I had forever in options, I need to see msg’s older than 6 months, how can I do that plz help

  30. Hey i’m having trouble retrieving chat history older than 3 months, everytime i click on 6 months or more it still only shows up to 3 months ago worth of chat history. Does anyone know how to fix this please?

  31. Hi everyone, as some of you have covered this, I thought I would mention that I recently found a new application called ‘Skype Chat Search’ by Kudos Knowledge that allows you to search across all your skype conversations at once, like a global skype chat search. It’s really awesome and already saved me loads of time, as I frequently have different groups chats and can’t remember what I said in which. Check it out at

  32. skype .dat files contain history too. Can read them. If you are interested: ICQ 622290162

  33. Anyone knows how to view chat older than 1 year on Skype 4.2 ? The oldest I can view now is up to 1 year. I have old chat needed to be reviewed.


  34. i am not able to retrieve the DELETED chat history by all the techniques mentioned in various forums! in the Application Data folder i do not find any chat.dbb files. neither does my man.db file have any chat history in text. I need an extremely important information which i had in my chat msgs over 6 months ago. I need some help!! Pleaseeeee help me out!!

  35. plssssssssssssss tell how i can find my old skype chat history plssssssssssssss

  36. If you delete your own skype will your conversations with people from their accounts be erased?
    Like, if I deleted my skype, would my friend still be able to reread old conversations?

  37. Sorry Anon.
    Nope that is not how it works.
    You can not delete the other users chat history

  38. does anyone know how to find old skype friends that you maybe deleted awhile ago?

  39. What about if you already delete the messages and you want it back again? Is there anything we could do about that sir? –

  40. is there a way to view previous past skype status message?
    really need help on this one…

  41. When I open Skype I can’t find the “tools” Kinda makes the rest of your steps a bit tricky. Is this because I’m on a Mac? Please help

  42. i use skype time to time and then uninstall it but I am sure about it that pc is going to save some trace on somewhere in harddisc, How can I clear alll those saved data or related files save by ps abour a chat in skype or in other messenger?

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  44. hi,hw r u i hope u l be fine i need ur help i need all my call history from march till now with the request can u tell me how i can find it

  45. So you can’t delete someone else’s chat history of your conversation with them. But if I delete my Skype account altogether, will our chat history still appear to them or will it disappear then?

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  47. Hi, sorry about this i actually need to recover my skype chat history, it is crucial i get the info back. My computer hardrive crashed and i needed to get a new one. They transferred all the files over but for some reason skype and others didnt follow. I NEED those chat messages i have contracts for my job there!! please help me.

  48. What about if you already deleted the chat messages 6 month ago and you want it back again? Is there anything we could do about that plzzzz –

  49. I did the instructions but will the other person who i chated with see the previouse message? i hope not :S

  50. i want to know 5 months old chat history on skype
    kindly let let me know where i get the 5 months old history.

    Saima Batool

  51. ok. question. im trying to view my chat history, but its only available when the contact is online… how do i change this?

  52. Great, thanx – I have nothing to hide but am TOTALLY against some ‘orrible pimply youth looking over my shoulder – unless it’s my son!!
    As an extra, I’ve had to go back 8 versions to get rid of this stupid extra window inviting me to do things with Facebook, etc. Are they idiots, especially after the recent riots in the UK, I will NEVER go onto so-called ‘social network’ sites – they’re just sophisticated tools for these buggers to see what you’re doing and who you’re talking to – nothing to stop them using this info any way they want . . . . . .

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  56. I had a skype conversation (IM) with a friend and then added another friend to the chat…will the third person be able to see the prvious conversation before they were added….

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  58. Can I look up older skype chat/msg’s ( older than 1 year )
    on my laptop I take travelling, when the communication was done on my home Computer.

  59. Hello !
    Does anyone know how to keep an old password from Skype and not using the new one?
    I forgot my password, but I can still enter my email that I used when I created skype account.

  60. Hey Guys,
    I lost my laptop… and forgot my password , of course I know my email and username for Skype . In a panic I closed Skype account but want to reopen . How do I do this when I don’t know my password. Stress, am also not good at computers.

  61. hello i have problem, how to get my history back, i accidentally remove my history forever, i need it back. thanks

  62. Hi,
    I have bought a new laptop as my old one broke in an accident,
    I have important conversation on skype.
    When I am trying to sign up in new one I am not able to get any chat history?
    How I can get them back?
    Please let me know imediatelly as this will affect my business.

  63. Hey mate
    Skype chats are saved on your machine. I do not think you can get the history of real old chats

  64. Is there a way to calculate how many hours you have spoken to a friend on chat (last 3 months)???

  65. Hi,
    Someone send me pictures with skype about 3 months ago, I opened, looked at them and then I deleted it…. now I need it, how can I get it back? I can’t ask him to send me the pictures again, I have MacBook.
    It is really urgent,
    Hope to hear from you.

  66. hi! just wanted to ask on how should I view the previous messages that i have on my skype account? I used to open my skype account on the other computer. I tried to click several times the recent or chat history but still can’t view it. Hope you guys can help me with this. Thanks!


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  70. Hello please help me. I reformatted my computer last December 17 2011 but I want to gain access on the chat history on previous dates, particularly December 4 and 15 2011. I badly need the conversation of these said dates. Please tell me how? Thanks a lot.

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  72. Does any one know how to view the chat history on skype that is older than a year? may be 2 years or something..
    Can you please help me?
    thanks dudes

  73. Are schools allowed to look at their student’s skype history without the individual student’s permission? If a skype message is removed or edited within the user interface, will the message be visible any way possible?

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  78. Guys why can’t I click on “View Old Messages” when I right click on a contact’s name? It is grayed out. I am trying to see when I got a missed call from this user but can’t see it.

  79. I used a history reader but it only showed chat messages from 2007 to 2010. What happened to the past 2 years of messages?

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  83. Odd thing,

    I was looking for a particular word in a chat history conversation with a contact. I know the words were repeated there but could not find it.

    Is it possible they could have edited the chat history, which is then later syncrhonrised?

    If that can be done, is there any way to verify they made the changes? Any program which shows this.

    Also, suddenly when it sych’d I found a new conversation which was not available until after a sync, very suspicious?

    Could they have done this too?

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