How to backup Skype files and chat history to your Windows PC

How to backup Skype files and chat history to your Windows PC

By default, Skype is set to store your text conversations in the cloud for a limited time (30 days). After that, it is deleted. So what do you do if you need to find something important? Microsoft has a solution for that. You can backup files and Skype chat history. Here's how to proceed on a Windows 10 computer.

Save Skype files and chat history on your PC

If you want to keep a longer archive of your chat history, follow these steps.

1) Visit the Export Files & Skype Chat History page to submit a request.

Go to and sign in with your Microsoft account.

Once you are connected, choose what you want to download i.e

When done, click on the buttonSend request'Button visible there.

Instantly, a message appears:Your export is in preparation ». Please check soon to download it"

2) Download and read your chat history

Once you have completed your application, you will receive a Skype notification with a link to view or download your file.

Continue further and click on theDownloadButton to download your files.

Here is a catch! The chat history you chose to download is available as a TAR file, but the conversations are present as a JSON file. As such, you will need a special tool to make them readable. Try Skype parsing tool. Visit this to download it.

Once downloaded, extract it and you will find a file called "index.html".

Open it in Chrome, Edge or the browser of your choice.

Click on the 'Choose File' button and select themessages.json'In the extracted chat history folder. Click & #39;Load & #39;.

The interface that opens will allow you to comfortably browse your chat history.

I hope you find the message useful.

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