How to Retrieve Deleted Skype Messages?

Learn how to retrieve deleted Skype messages from Windows or phones via the corresponding ways in this article. Besides, there’re some related Skype chat history tips.


By Penny / Updated on April 2, 2024

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What is Skype used for?

As a Microsoft division, Skype is a proprietary telecommunications application run by Skype Technologies, best known for VoIP-based videotelephony, videoconferencing & voice calls.


It also supports instant messaging, file transfer, debt-based calls to landlines and mobile phones (through standard telephone networks), and other functions. Skype is available on various desktop, mobile, and gaming console platforms.

Is it possible to retrieve deleted Skype messages?

A growing number of users adopt Skype because this software brings great convenience to them, especially for instant messages and video chat.

But some users regretted they’ve accidentally deleted Skype conversations with friends.


I recently deleted some messages on Skype, but I think the chat probably is on the hard drive. So is it possible for me to recover deleted Skype chat history? Thanks.

- A user from SuperUser

Please don’t worry because there exists a possibility to retrieve deleted Skype messages from your Windows or phone before overwritten. If needed, read further to get different ways.

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How do I get my Skype chat history back on Windows?

How to recover deleted Skype chat history on your Windows PC? Check three feasible solutions below.

Method 1. Retrieve deleted Skype messages from the main.db File

It’s possible to recover deleted Skype messages from the AppData folder because Skype logs, calls, messages, documents, videos, voicemails, transferred files, and other related files are saved in a database file called main.db because it cannot remove/delete Skype chat history from the AppData folder’s database file.

More precisely, your deleted actions can only erase the bit of information that points to the file’s location on your hard drive instead of your unwanted Skype messages.   

Please refer to another page if you can’t find AppData files on Windows.

Step 1. Please download SkypeLogView, Skype Log Viewer, or Skyperious to read the contents of Skype’s database file.

Step 2. Launch the software you’ve installed and go to this path C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Roaming\Skype\SkypeUserName.


Step 3. Locate the file that saves your deleted Skype messages and get them back.

Method 2. Retrieve deleted Skype messages via Previous Versions

If you’ve activated File History or System Protection of the local disk C drive that stores your needed Skype messages, Previous Versions can offer you different earlier or older versions of your files or folders according to the timeline.


Besides, Previous Versions also can help you recover overwritten Excel files.  

Step 1. Follow this path: C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Roaming\Skype\SkypeUserName.

Step 2. Locate the folder that contains your deleted Skype messages. Then right-click on it and click the “Properties” button.


Step 3. Select a file version and “Restore” it to its original saved path. If you desire to set a new saved path, please right-click on Restore and select Restore to.


Method 3. Retrieve deleted Skype messages via data recovery software

Although the above fixes are useful, if you’ve accidentally cleared your AppData folder and there’s no backup, can you retrieve deleted Skype messages?

If you’re bothered by a similar issue, you might have no recourse but to seek assistance from professional Windows data recovery software.  

Released by AOMEI Tech, MyRecover is designed to recover deleted & lost messages, photos, and videos from internal hard drives within three steps.

Key features of MyRecover:
  • High-efficiency: Recover messages, images (PNG, JPG, JPEG, etc.), videos (MP4, MOV, etc.) MS Office files, WPS files, folders, compressed files, audio, songs, and websites, from internal and external HDDs, USBs, SD cards, etc.
  • Advanced scanning method: MyRecover runs Quick Scan & Deep Scan automatically to search all the recoverable files. Specify the filename, saved path, date, or size to filter your needed files.
  • Convenience: Retain the original filename, path, and format for the deleted files.
  • Excellent compatibility: Support NTFS, FAT32, exFAT, and ReFS file systems and be compatible with Windows 11, 10, 8, 7, or Server PC.
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Step 1. After launching MyRecover. Hover the mouse over the drive saved deleted files before, and click Scan.


Step 2. It can scan your C drive automatically. You can also preview or filter your needed data according to Name, Date, Document Type, or Path.

  • Name: Type the filenames of your desired files to narrow the search area.
  • Date modified: Set the date (today, yesterday, last 7/30 days, and so on) according to your situation.
  • Size: Filter the file size (<128KB, 128KB~1MB, 1MB~ 512MB, etc) based on your needs.


Step 3. Select your desired Skype chat history in the Deleted Files/Recycle Bin/Other Missing Files folder. Then click “Recover x files” to begin the Windows data recovery process.


After recovery, you’d better store these retrieved files in another partition instead of the local disk C drive.
MyRecover enables you to recover 500MB of files for free. If you want to recover a large number of deleted & lost files from local drives, upgrading MyRecover to the Professional or Technician edition is a more cost-effective method.  

Related Q&A about Skype chat history

Are you wondering how to retrieve deleted Skype messages? You can refer to the above efficient methods to solve this issue. Moreover, there’re some relevant tips about Skype chat history.

Penny · Editor
Penny works as an editor at AOMEI Technology, while she's a tester and editor for AOMEI Data Recovery Tools. She enjoys helping users with data recovery issues on Windows and iPhones using simple and practical solutions. Outside of work, she has a strong affection for pets, particularly giant pandas.