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How to Back up Your Skype Chat History on Windows 10

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Skype takes a backup of your chats and stores it in a database or .db file on your computer. The database file is updated every 30 days. If you expect to go back to chats more than a month old, it is a good practice to copy the file and store it in another location every month. The Skype desktop app saves the backup file in %appdata%\skype\<Skype Name>main.db. Now that many of the Windows 10 computers have discontinued Skype desktop, the database is in a slightly different location. 

1) In the Search box on the Toolbar type Run

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2) Click Run in the search options.

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3) Type or paste the following in the run dialogue box: %localappdata%\Packages\Microsoft.SkypeApp_kzf8qxf38zg5c\LocalState.

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4) Click OK to open the location. Note: You can also browse to the folder path in File Explorer. 

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5) In the File Explorer window, open the folder with your Skype username

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6) Select the file main.db.

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7) In the toolbar on top click Copy to.

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8) Select a location to take a backup of the file. 

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