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How to view Skype messages older than 3 months

This blog post will not be about programing. In this morning, while I was playing with my Windows Phone 7 I run our off battery. Of course the phone closed. The only problem was the PIN, I don’t remember my SIM pin (this is the first time in 7 months when I closed the phone).
I knew that I have the SIM pin in my Skype history, but the message is older than 3 months, because of this I could not access the history from that period of time. The good part with Skype is even if is not displaying all the history, he still persist the older messages.
All the messages can be found in the “%appdata%\skype” in the directory with your Skype user. The easiest way to go at this location is to open a command line and write “%appdata%\skype”. The file that stores all this content is main.db.
Don’t worry about how you can open this file of is encrypted. It is a simple SQLite file. Is not encrypted and can be pen very easily. A good tool for this purpose is Skype Log View. He will automatically open the file for you.
In conclusion, if you need messages older than 3 months from Skype, don’t wary. The message still exists on your PC. In my case, I rediscover the pin of my SIM.


  1. Thank you very Much, this helped a lot :)

  2. im usign skype log view too, and it only finds files 3 months old, even though i set my setttign to record messages "forever"

  3. Unfortunately, same for me. Can't access messages past 3 months. I installed and ran SkypeLogViewer to no avail. Still only last 3 months. Is there another way to bypass the limitation ?


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