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How do I backup Yahoo's message history?

How do I backup Yahoo’s message history?

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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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40 comments on “How do I backup Yahoo's message history?”

  1. 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.

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  2. 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

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  3. 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?

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

    Leo
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  5. 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!!!!

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  6. 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.

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  7. 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.

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

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  9. 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

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  10. 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

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  11. 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

    😀 hope dis wil help u guys 😀

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  12. 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

    😀 hope dis wil help u guys 😀

    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

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  13. 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…

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  14. 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

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  15. 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

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  16. 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

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  17. 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…

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  18. 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…

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  19. 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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