How to Backup and Restore Skype Contacts

How to Backup and Restore Skype Contacts

This is about being defensive. The process can also be used if you decide to share contacts or migrate to a different Skype ID. Let’s see how it works.

How to Backup Skype Contacts

The process is simple – just know the steps and navigation areas on the interface. Here they are.

Step 1: Launch Skype. Use a desktop shortcut or the start menu to search.

Step 2: Log in to Skype with your username and password.

How to Backup and Restore Skype Contacts

Step 3: From the toolbar, click on Contacts and go to Advanced -> Backup Contacts to File.

Step 4: After clicking on that option, you will be prompted to Save As your file. Choose a directory location, give the file an appropriate name (do not modify the file extension), and click Save.

How to Backup and Restore Skype Contacts

That’s it, you have just created a backup of your Skype contacts that you can keep on your hard drive, save on an external drive, migrate to the cloud or share with your friends.

How to Restore Skype Contacts

Lost contacts due to a malfunction? Have a new Skype ID? Sharing contacts with someone? The restore contacts feature can save you time by eliminating additional work. Step 1: Launch the Skype interface and log in to the account where you want to restore contacts.

How to Backup and Restore Skype Contacts

Step 2: Click on Contacts in the toolbar and go to Advanced -> Restore Contacts from File.

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Step 3: Select the backup file you created and click Open.

How to Backup and Restore Skype Contacts

Bonus Tip: Depending on the file size and number of contacts, the import process may take some time. Since the backup file is in vcf format, you can also use it with other services. However, there are no guarantees on how smooth that process will be.


Go ahead and create a copy if you haven’t already, especially if you rely on Skype for your everyday conversations.

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