Keeping chat conversations and call history on your Windows PC or Mac isn’t a good idea, and that’s for many reasons. Most importantly because it poses a risk of data breach. Skype chats and call history may contain sensitive and confidential information. Anyone with access to your PC that you had used for Skype conversations can get unauthorized access to all your sensitive chat and call history.
However, you can overcome this potential data privacy risk by deleting the Skype conversation and call history, which is quite easy!
In this guide, you will learn how to delete Skype conversations and call history on Windows 10 and Mac systems. You will also learn about secure eraser method and why it is crucial to erase Skype history rather than just clearing or deleting it from your Windows 10 PC or a Mac system.
Steps to Delete Skype Conversation and Call History
These steps will help you clear Skype chat history. However, remember — deletion wouldn’t remove other sensitive data stored by Skype and other chat messenger app, including web browsers. Moreover, cleared and deleted history also remains recoverable. So, if you wish to permanently remove (i.e. erase) your Skype chats and call history, including other sensitive data stored by the app beyond recovery, skip to the secure erase method steps discussed in this post.
On your Windows 10 PC,
Open Skype and sign in to your user account
Go to Tools>Options
Click on the Privacy Settings tab with a padlock icon in the left-pane
Click ‘Clear History’ listed under the header ‘Keep history for.’
This opens up a confirmation popup. Click on the ‘Delete’ button to finish deleting your history.
Steps to Remove chat and call history from Skype UWP app
Navigate to the local Skype UWP profile folder located under C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.SkypeApp_….
Find and manually delete the main.db database
In case you get following error, contact system admin or change the user permissions.
NOTE: Next time you start Skype, the app may sync and download about 30 days of recent chat and call history from Skype Cloud servers on your PC.
However, the problem can be resolved by scheduling automatic eraser task. For that, you would need to use a file eraser tool, as discussed below in the secure erase method in this post.
On your Mac
Open Skype and sign in, if not already, to your user account
Click ‘Skype’ in the menu bar at the top-left of the screen and choose ‘Preferences’ from the drop-down menu
Click on the ‘Privacy’ button
Click ‘Delete All Chat History’
Click ‘Delete All’ to confirm and finish Skype chat history deletion
Steps to Secure Erase Skype Conversation and Call History
Clearing chat history in Windows 10 or Mac only removes access to the data, but it does not wipe your sensitive chat and call history data from the disk. The information remains on the disk and can be recovered unless overwritten with new data.
Overwriting existing data on the drive completely destroys the information.
But to destroy it and that too beyond the scope of recovery, you would need a secure file eraser and privacy safeguarding tool such as BitRaser File Eraser.
The software is available for both Mac and Windows 10 users. It features 17 international data eraser standards such as US DoD 5220.22-M (3 pass/7 passes), NATO, etc.
These secure eraser algorithms securely wipe all your sensitive files such as Skype conversation history and other sensitive data from your Windows or Mac system to an extent where no data recovery software or service, including forensic tools can recover the data.
Besides, you can schedule and automate the task of deleting the chat database stored by Skype UWP app based on system boot status or time.
The steps to securely erase Skype chats and call history with BitRaser File Eraser are as follow,
Click ‘Application Traces’ in left-pane and choose the Skype Messenger from the list
Click on the Preferences button with a gear icon at the top
Choose erasure algorithm and verification method for secure deletion.
Click ‘OK’ and then click ‘Erase.’
Click ‘Confirm Erasure’ button to start the erasure process. You can stop or abort the process by clicking on the Stop button
After erasure, restart the system
You can also use BitRaser File Eraser to secure erase internet activities data, system traces, and files from external Windows and Mac storage devices. You may further choose to secure wipe an entire drive volume or secure erase only the empty storage space on media devices to get rid of the previously deleted but recoverable files and folders.
Now that you know how to delete skype conversation and call history from a Windows PC and Mac, go ahead and get rid of all your sensitive chat messages and details. Make sure you always secure erase it and not just delete or clear the history.
For that, use a secure files eraser and a privacy-safeguarding tool such as BitRaser File Eraser. It features 17 international data erasure standards that you can use to get rid of all your sensitive information from your PC. It’s a handy tool, and in a few clicks, you can sanitize any file, folder, or drive volume. It also generates a certificate of erasure and erasure report when you search and erase data by using BitRaser File Eraser. The certificate of erasure and erasure report are tamper-proof and digitally signed documents that help meet regulatory compliance and guarantee data destruction beyond the scope of recovery.
Aruna Attri is a Senior Data Recovery Expert at Stellar®. She is a technology blogger and Windows expert. She has experience in Windows data recovery domain. She loves to troubleshoot Windows issue and write technical tips and tutorials.