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How do I backup Yahoo's message history?

Assuming you mean Yahoo Instant Messenger (YIM), then I believe it's just the contents of a specific directory.

I'd look at: C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Messenger\profiles\name\Archive, where name is replaced by the screen name you're using. Remember that Yahoo's archiving needs to be turned on (it's off by default) and that also by default YIM will automatically delete messages after 10 days.

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murari
September 4, 2004 4:52 AM

If you back up the yahoo message history you can decode it using Super Yahoo Message Archive Decoder from http://www.piravi.com
It's available for free. Its a cool program

A
October 28, 2004 11:42 AM

I have downloaded super yahoo messenger rchive decoder and also Ydecode and both of then are working well but they have archived IMs that i cant find in my Yahoo messenger archive. When i long on Yahoo and look under history archive i cant find those Ims but they are displayed in Super messenger and Yahdecoder? Can anyone help me how to find that text file and put it in my Yahoo archive? Can it be that Super messenger decodes the text and Yahoo archive doesnt?
Thanks
A.

mary
June 28, 2005 4:19 PM

i would like to know how i can be on one computer and retrieve yahoo messenger archives off another computer.

Leo
June 30, 2005 9:47 AM

To the best of my knowledge, you cannot.

julieb8584
August 21, 2005 10:18 AM

can retrieve my archives from my old messenger i upgraded and lost them and i'm looking for a picture sent on im but not sure i saved it on my old yahoo

Leo
August 21, 2005 11:18 AM

If it wasn't saved, then I know of no way to retrieve it.

Shahid
September 27, 2005 10:00 PM

i would like to get back what i have deleated of my message archive

Leo
September 30, 2005 10:50 PM

I'm not aware of a way to do so.

Jagat
February 2, 2007 6:17 PM

This is a very nice info. Thanks Leo.

Gus
April 11, 2007 1:16 AM

I would need to recover some contact information that was sent to me by YIM, unfortunately I didn't choose the option of saving all messages on Yahoo, neither did the other person. How can I do to recover this information?

Leo Notenboom
April 11, 2007 3:10 PM

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To the best of my knowledge: you don't.

Leo
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cierra
June 29, 2007 9:54 PM

ok i recently got a message like about a month or 2 ago....and i accidently deleted it ....is there any way i can go back and look at the message...because there is a phone # on there that i really need...someone please help!!!!

lill
July 17, 2007 1:15 AM

Is all YM archives save in PC's and not in yahoo server? can we get the archives online?

Robert
July 22, 2007 7:54 PM

Hi, I always saved my instant messages on yahoo. I am looking for messages that I had with a friend back in 2004. All I can see is messages for 2006 and 2007. Is there a way to retreive messages as far as 2004? Thanks.

Ruth
October 19, 2007 8:09 PM

I would like to copy my entire Archieve file form Yahoo IM. How can I do that?

pratik
January 17, 2008 11:23 AM

hi the path Leo has showed for some reasons works on my desktop (which is where im trying to get all my msg from) BUT now when same path i m trying to find it on my laptop, the path after "messenger" its broken. meaning i go to C>program file>yahoo>messenger but after that, i cant find "profile" folder on my laptop. does any one know whats going on? do u think its different for XP and Vista? cuz i have XP on my desktop and Vista on my laptop? plz Leo or anyone if u have any comment let me know thnx.

curious
January 31, 2008 6:09 PM

I would like to know if my work could find my yim chats if my archiving feature is off?

Xelanit
May 5, 2008 10:29 AM

If you're using Vista, the yahoo profiles are in different location.
C:\Users\All Users\Yahoo!\Messenger\Profiles\\Archive

Winnie
July 27, 2008 8:08 PM

Hi, Leo, the Yahoo'message history file is a type of "DAT file", Pls tell me how can i open it with appropriate program? thnx

I *believe* it can only be opened by Yahoo Instant Messenger, logged in to the account that created it, and probably only if the file is in its original location.

But that's just a guess.

-Leo

Clara Bishop
August 23, 2008 11:12 AM

I need to save all conversations i have on my yahoo instant messaging how do i recover all information

Dan
September 25, 2008 6:08 PM

is it possible to retrieve history from yahoo instant nessenger in 2006 even if its not on your computer...i mean can i call yahoo will they have it or can someone show where to get it? Thanks

joyce
October 2, 2008 3:30 AM

i would like to know how i can be on one computer and retrieve yahoo messenger archives off another computer.

fahi
February 7, 2009 10:24 PM

how can i enable yahoo archive history in off iline

fahi
February 7, 2009 10:29 PM

i want t save the the yahoo archive who logged in my computer

shane
February 8, 2009 3:09 AM

wow finaly found a way to patrics problem
you have to do to this path

C:\Users\URNAME\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files\Yahoo!\Messenger\Profiles

:D hope dis wil help u guys :D

Nitesh
February 26, 2009 12:03 AM

if i have cleared my yahoo archieve how to retrive it .....

pooja
March 6, 2009 4:40 AM

hi,
how can i get recent chat message completly from my yahoo ID
is it possible to get the complete chat

Kat
April 10, 2009 9:36 AM

wow finaly found a way to patrics problem
you have to do to this path

C:\Users\URNAME\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files\Yahoo!\Messenger\Profiles

:D hope dis wil help u guys :D


THANKYOU!! THIS IS THE ONE THAT WORKED!!! THE FIRST SOLUTION ONLY SHOWED A FEW ARCHIVES, THIS ONE SHOWED AND ALLOWED ME TO RESTORE MY ARCHIVES TO MY NEW COMPUTER!!! THANKYOU! THANKYOU! THANKYOU!

Kat in Upstate NY

sania
April 17, 2009 1:49 AM

how can i see my all the yahoo chat history from that time which i made a yahoo id???

madhuri
April 27, 2009 8:46 AM

hi,

I had a lot of history archives in my laptop where i used to use yahoo messenger. they were tooo important. but, accidentally i happened to delete it all from my program files... is there any other way i can retrieve it?? will yahoo be saving all the messages?? pls do reply... its a mtter of someone's life...

tommy
June 3, 2009 5:30 AM

Hi,
is any body can help me, how i can retrieve all my hisotry chat in one time since i make a yahoo user until right now, because some time i use a different computer in many place. so i want to get back all that chat history even in different computer

karylle
August 24, 2009 10:45 AM

You can use these awesome websites to backup your archives
DEXREX http://www.dexrex.com
IM-History http://im-history.com
Simkl http://www.simkl.com

all good sites to back up your yahoo history and then read your archives, share archives, and be able to back them up!!!

batusay
May 22, 2010 11:43 PM

Dear Leo,
i would like to know how could i make a secondary backup on my PC to all yahoo messenger archives what will not depend on yahoo messenger settings; that is i wish to keep records on any yahoo messenger activity's on my PC to a safe file. I had tried those links what tommy posted but unfortunately non of them helped me out, so this is why i ask u, is there a way (program or something) what could keep a record safe on my PC?
Thank u in advance

kaju
July 6, 2010 4:44 AM

hi=iam kaju ihave big problem please save me
my yahoo chating archieve i loss it very important to me and i see program files also delete plase how can got my archieve

vasudevan
June 26, 2011 9:02 PM

I need to take backup IM form 2010 to till now. so much of times i change my OS so i lost my yahoo IM backup... i need to take IM now is that any other way to take backup my IM... any one help me please...

mel
September 16, 2011 3:21 PM

is it possible to get my old yahoo conversations back??? even if i deleted them by accident:(

Not that I'm aware of, no.
Leo
17-Sep-2011

sameer
September 20, 2011 12:02 AM

I need to take backup IM form 2010 to till now. so much of times i change my OS so i lost my yahoo IM backup... i need to take IM now is that any other way to take backup my IM... any one help me please...

Peyman
October 21, 2011 9:40 PM

Hi Leo,
How can I save my yahoo email on PC (by outlook), in free yahoo account. I use ypops but it doesn't work good.

Mark J
October 22, 2011 1:16 AM

@Peyman
For $20 a year you can get Yahoo Plus and have full IMAP or POP3 access to your account, or you can switch to GMail which gives you these capabilities for free.

riyaz
November 27, 2011 9:54 AM

I need to take backup IM form 2009 to till now. so much of times i change my OS so i lost my yahoo IM backup... i need to take IM now is that any other way to take backup my IM... any one help me please...

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