Whatsapp creates snapshots of its data backups on the phone. I can access this messages.db file, but is there a way to extract the data from it? It's not a standard compression it seems.

  • AFAIK, those are encrypted because of security reasons. – N K Jul 29 '14 at 3:40
  • I have contacted other providers of whatsapp extractors for other platforms, e.g. iPhone: jihosoft.com, fireebok.com, reincubate.com, imactools.com and asked them if their product can open a Windows Phone whatsapp backup file too. – David d C e Freitas Jun 17 '15 at 8:22

I found this article that details how to do it, but only on Windows Phone 7 and it doesn't apply anymore because in the article their messages.db file just opens up without a problem in a sqllite viewer:


It requires an app called Windows Phone Device Manager TouchXperience - all the details are in the article.

The problem is, Windows Phone 7 devices can't be developer unlocked/registered anymore.

It is also said that you can also use Windows Phone Power Tools - http://wptools.codeplex.com/

  • This doesn't seem to apply to all versions of Windows Phone. – David d C e Freitas Oct 21 '14 at 11:35
  • I am pretty desperate about getting news on this topic... I've extractec my messages.db file... What should I do now to read it? – Pitto Nov 4 '14 at 13:33

You can extract decrypted messages.db after unlocking the phone. In here you can find win10 instructions https://www.winwazzapmigrator.com/faq/windows-how-extract-messagesdb

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    Please post the full solution in your answer instead of just a link to an external site. Link-only answers may be deleted. – Indrek Dec 29 '17 at 20:23
  • I linked a page because the whole process is pretty complex to describe and I keep detailing step by step, since it's a work in progress. – Nicola Beghin Dec 30 '17 at 0:13
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    When you've finished, you should still at least summarise the solution in your answer, in case the link becomes unavailable. See also our Help Center article on how to write a good answer. – Indrek Dec 31 '17 at 7:34
  • What's the format of the messages.db after this extraction process? Is it then still encrypted with the WhatsApp encryption that only the original app is good at opening? – David d C e Freitas Jun 12 '19 at 19:55
  • @DaviddCeFreitas after the procedure it's standard SQLite – Nicola Beghin Jun 13 '19 at 6:23

On most of smart-devices, .db files are generally SQLite database, it will start with "SQLite format 3" if you open your .db with any hexadecimal editor at offset 0 you should find the header string: "SQLite format 3\000", you can use Db Browser for SQLite, you can grab it from here

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    Please read the question again carefully. Your answer does not answer the original question. The snapchat files are encypted – DavidPostill Mar 30 '17 at 15:42
  • @DavidPostill My bad sorry I had my half attention. – Soufiane Tahiri Mar 30 '17 at 15:44

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