Your conversation history is all the instant messages you’ve sent to and received from your contacts or groups, as well as details of any calls that you have made or received over Skype.
Your conversation history is stored on Skype's cloud for 30 days; however, you can set your computer to save your chat history for longer, if you want. Learn how to change your chat history settings.
The following questions and answers will help you find your history and show you what you can do with it.
How do I find my conversation history?
How do I search for something I’ve written in a conversation?
Where are my instant messages saved to?
Can I transfer my conversation history from one computer to another?
How do I mark conversations so I’ll remember to read them again later?
How do I see several conversations next to each other?
How do I hide my conversation history?
How do I delete my conversation history?
How do I change my history settings?
To view your conversation history:
The conversation list is sorted by date, with the latest conversations displayed at the top of the list. If the group or conversation doesn’t appear in the Recent list, go to the bottom of the Recent list and click Show earlier messages to display a full list of group conversations.
If you’re looking for a specific conversation, you can find it using the search box under the Recent tab. Simply start typing the name of the conversation you’re looking for and the search narrows down the possible matches. Click a conversation to see all the instant messages that have been sent as part of that conversation. To resume any conversation, just send another instant message.
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You can find something specific you’ve written or been sent in a conversation by searching for a word that was typed in that conversation. To do this:
By default, the instant messages you send and receive are saved on the cloud (and to your computer, depending on your settings), and you can view them at any time.
This means that if you send a message to a contact who is offline, the saved message will be delivered either as soon as the contact comes online.
To transfer your chat history for the last 30 days, all you need to do is sign into your Skype account from the computer you wish to transfer to; your chat history will sync from the cloud.
If you wish to transfer more chat history, and you have your chat history settings set for longer than 30 days, you can copy your Skype Name folders from one computer to another. You can transfer your chat history between different platforms, for example, from a Windows to Mac machine. You might need to do this if you’re updating your operating system or moving to a new computer. The name and location of your chat history file depends on the version of Skype for Windows you’re using.
To store your chat history
Simply copy the main.db file to a USB flash drive or another external media device. Keep it safe.
To transfer your chat history
To mark a conversation as unread, right-click the conversation you’d like to re-read later and select Mark as Unread. This places a notice beside the conversation, on the Recent tab and on the Skype icon in your tool bar, reminding you to read it later.
Read more about receiving instant messages.
You can open conversations in separate windows. To do this:
Now every time you select a conversation, it will open in a new window. Each window can be scaled and moved around your screen, which means you can organize them in a way that works best for you.
To hide a conversation from your Recent list, right-click the conversation and select Hide conversation.
Hiding a conversation won’t delete it from your conversation history. If you’d like to show your hidden conversations in the Recent list:
This will return all your hidden conversations to the Recent list. If you receive a new instant message to one of your hidden conversations, this will also return it to the Recent list.
It is not possible to delete individual conversations on Skype. However, you can delete your entire conversation history. This removes your entire history, which includes:
When your conversation history has been deleted, it can’t be recovered.
To delete your conversation history:
Although you cannot delete individual conversations, you can delete individual instant messages you have sent by right-clicking the message in question and selecting Remove Message. However, this option is only available for a few minutes after you send your message.
To change your history settings: