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Novel Adventurer

I have my history set to "forever" but the option for viewing old messages is limited to "1 year".  How am I supposed to be able to view messages older than a year?  If I can't, then what's the point of having a "forever" retention setting?

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Former Ambassador

Try SkypeLogView.  http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/skype_log_view.html

 

If your messages are still saved on your PC it will show them.

 




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Former Ambassador

Try SkypeLogView.  http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/skype_log_view.html

 

If your messages are still saved on your PC it will show them.

 




Please note: I do not respond to requests for help via Private Message.
Community Ambassador

Have you used Skype on the same computer for more than 1 year? The history is only saved locally on this computer from which you have had the chat.

Novel Adventurer

Sorry for the uber slow reply.

 

Thanks for SLV.  It's just what I need.  I'll be telling others about this when they need to look at old IMs.

Novel Adventurer

Thanks.

 

Yes, I've been using Skype forever across at least 7 machines that I can think of offhand and my iPad (at least a couple of times).

 

Of course your reply raises these questions:

  1. Is there something that can concatenate the IM files from more than one computer or is the log file a proprietary format that I need to flip to a text/whatever file just to be able to view/work with it?
  2. What file/file type am I looking for?  As of this moment there are 681 of them in that Skype user branch on this machine.
  3. If the files are saved locally on the machine I was using what happens to them on a tablet or phone?  And does that answer vary depending on it being an iDevice or an Android device?
Community Ambassador

All your chat history is only saved locally on your PC in one file – the main.db database file. This file is a standard SQLite database file and can be opened and read by any SQL browser/editor application.

 

It should be possible to move this main.db file from one PC to another but I don’t know about any easy method to merge two or more different main.db database files.

Novel Tourist

my PC is dead. how can i chek my sky msg


g4pilut wrote:

Try SkypeLogView.  http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/skype_log_view.html

 

If your messages are still saved on your PC it will show them.

 




Super Aviator

rosslin93 wrote: my PC is dead. how can i chek my sky msg

You can't. They are gone.

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Tamim
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Novel Tourist

what if it is a mac?

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134009 wrote:

what if it is a mac?


download SQLite Database Browser

http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/38584/sqlite-database-browser

 

and open the main.db file with it

~/Library/Application Support/Skype/tamim/main.db

Regards,
Tamim
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