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How can I read my old conversations with my Steam friends?

Facebook and Google Chat (whatever it's called now) let me review old conversations

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This can be updated. Steam does log chats.

7 years later

https://help.steampowered.com/en/accountdata/GetFriendMessagesLog

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  • Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. You can include the relevant information by editing your answer.
    – Mokubai
    Mar 21, 2021 at 10:10
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    That website just has like the bare bones stuff like a table, but without any data: there are columns but no corresponding rows. Jul 13, 2021 at 18:34
  • For me it displays just 5 messages - and yesterday alone I wrote much more.
    – Arsen
    Jul 26, 2021 at 20:38
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Steam does not log your chats, at least not on your local machine, though their new EULA agreement does allow them to review your chat logs, they are stored on their servers or hidden in encrypted files on your desktop as no one has yet discovered them.

It is possible to log your chat via 3rd party support however as it requires some of your steam details, I cannot guarantee it's security and therefore will not post a link to it.

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    Giving a 3rd party your Steam login details (which are required to gain access to your conversations) is very bad. Don't even consider doing it.
    – speakr
    Sep 9, 2012 at 13:06
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    I agree, I'm not sure it needs all your log-in details, I think just your username but it sounds dodgy so while in the interest of full disclosure I have referenced it, I wont post a link to one as showing preference could suggest endorsement which I do not. Sep 9, 2012 at 13:13
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    Can definitely access message history now, via mobile app - at least on iOS. This is 2017 though, not 2012 :)
    – Rob Gray
    Jan 26, 2017 at 1:15
  • @Dmitriy Per your proposed edit: that Steam has added a new method for obtaining recent chat logs is worthy of a new answer
    – bertieb
    Jun 23, 2018 at 21:10
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If you have the Steam mobile app, you can access previous messages sent to and from Steam friends in chat.

Once you install the mobile app and log in, select the hamburger menu (on iOS and Android, click the friends tab on Windows Phone), and then press chat.

Select the user you want to chat with.

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    iOS user here. I got to it by opening the hamburger menu and then going Friends -> {click on friend in list of friends} -> Send a Message. This included messages sent from my PC (I never use the mobile app for chat). So I'm assuming messages are stored on the Steam servers.
    – Rob Gray
    Jan 26, 2017 at 1:14
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    This won't show your entire history, just the most recent ~200 messages
    – xjcl
    Jul 17, 2017 at 9:31
  • This doesn't seem to work at all anymore. Jul 13, 2021 at 18:44
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Chat Logger++ is able to capture and log your Steam chats, without requiring any account info.

The author explains that it is able to access the chats via Steam's standard (and locally accessible) communication methods.

The application does not require administrator rights and its source code is available. I'd say it's a pretty safe solution (except for the privacy issues arising from storing log files of chat messages of course).

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