How to Download and View Your Skype Logs on Windows
Skype is a popular communication app that allows you to make free video and voice calls, send instant messages, and share files with other Skype users. But did you know that you can also download and view your Skype logs on Windows Skype logs are files that store information about your Skype activities, such as your calls, messages, and file transfers. You may want to download and view your Skype logs for various reasons, such as keeping a backup of your conversations, finding important information that you forgot, or reviewing your chat history for legal or personal purposes.
In this article, we will show you how to download and view your Skype logs on Windows using two methods: using Skype on the web and using a third-party tool called SkypeLogView.
Method 1: Using Skype on the web
Skype on the web is a web-based version of Skype that you can access from any browser without installing the app on your computer. You can use Skype on the web to download a copy of your Skype chat and file history as follows:
Open Skype on the web and sign in with your Microsoft account.
Click on your profile picture in the top-left corner and select Settings.
Click on Messaging in the left sidebar and then click on Export chat history.
Check the content you want to export, including Conversations and Files.
Click on Submit request. You will receive a notification when your data is ready to download.
Click on Download to save a .tar file that contains your chat and file history.
To view your Skype logs from the .tar file, you will need to extract its contents using a tool like 7-Zip or WinRAR. After extracting the files, you will find a messages.json file that contains your chat history in JSON format. You can open this file with a text editor like Notepad or use a JSON viewer tool like Skype Parser to make it easier to read.
Method 2: Using SkypeLogView
SkypeLogView is a free program developed by NirSoft that allows you to view your Skype logs without using the Skype app. It can read the log files created by Skype and display the details of all your calls and messages in a neat and organized list. You can also export the logs as text, HTML, CSV, or XML files for further analysis. Here's how to use SkypeLogView:
Download SkypeLogView from NirSoft's website and unzip it to a folder of your choice.
Run SkyeLogView.exe. It will automatically detect the location of your Skype log files and display them in the main window.
You can sort the logs by date, time, type, username, or message by clicking on the column headers. You can also use the Edit menu to filter, search, copy, or select the logs.
To export the logs as a file, go to File > Save Selected Items, choose a file format, and specify a file name and location.
In this article, we showed you how to download and view your Skype logs on Windows using two methods: using Skype on the web and using SkypeLogView. Both methods are easy and convenient ways to access your Skype activities for backup or review purposes. We hope you found this article helpful and informative. 061ffe29dd