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

By default, Skype is configured to store your text-based chats in the cloud for a limited period (30 days) only. After that, it gets deleted. So, what do you do if you need to find something important in it? Microsoft has a solution for this. You can backup files and chat history of Skype. Here’s how to do it on a Windows 10 PC.

Backup Skype files and chat history to your PC

If you’d like to keep a longer archive of your chat history, do the following.

1] Visit Skype Export files & Chat History page to submit a request

Go to and sign-in with your Microsoft account.

Once you sign-in, choose what you want to download i.e

  • Conversation
  • Files

Skype files and chat history to your Windows PC

When done, hit the ‘Submit Request’ button visible there.

Instantly, you’ll see a message reading ‘Your export is being prepared’. Please check soon to download it’.

2] Download and read your chat history

When your request is complete, you’ll receive a notification on Skype with a link to view or download your file.

Proceed further and click the ‘Download’ button to download your files.

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

When downloaded, extract it, and inside it, you will find a file called ‘index.html’.

Open it in Chrome, Edge, or whichever browser you prefer.

Click the ‘Choose file’ button, and select the ‘messages.json’ file in the extracted chat history folder. Click ‘Load’.

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

I hope you find the post useful.

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