How to Restore chat.db on a Mac with 4 Methods

This article discusses how to restore chat.db on a Mac. If you accidentally deleted chat.db on your Mac, don't worry! Install professional and trusted data recovery software EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac to restore it quickly!

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If you accidentally deleted chat.db on your Mac or your chat.db was lost, don't worry! This article will introduce 4 effective methods to restore chat.db on a Mac:

Where Is chat.db on Your Mac

You can find the format file in your Message folder, which stores the chat history file. When you find your messages were lost or miss some essential parts, you may delete them by accident; consider restoring chat.db on your Mac to recover deleted messages on a MacBook Air or Pro.

To access the chat.db on your Mac, you should follow the steps here:

Step 1. Click "Go > Go to Folder" at the top menu, and type ~/Library/iMessages to open the Messages folder.

open messages folder

Step 2. In the Messages folder, you can see a file called "chat.db" that stores your chat history.

message folder

How to Restore chat.db on a Mac

Losing chat.db on your Mac will cause data loss in your conversations. We provide 4 effective ways to restore the chat.db, message history file, on your Mac. Keep reading to learn the detailed information.

Recover chat.db on a Mac with Software

After deleting messages on a Mac, the chat.db may be deleted simultaneously. To recover the deleted chat.db on your Mac, consider installing the professional and trusted data recovery software EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac, which can recover deleted messages, deleted emails, and lost documents safely and quickly!

EaseUS data recovery software can recover permanently deleted files on Mac with user-friendly operation. Besides, its powerful scanning capabilities can help you see all files on a Mac hard drive, including lost, hidden, and deleted files.

The EaseUS data recovery tool helps people without any data recovery experience recover their files with only three steps:

Step 1. Search for lost files

Select the disk location to search for lost files (it can be an internal HDD/SSD or a removable storage device) on macOS Sierra, High Sierra, Mojave, Catalina, Big Sur, Monterey, Ventura, and the latest Sonoma. Click the "Search for lost files" button.

Note: Before data recovery, you'd better click "Disk Backup" from the left sidebar to create a backup of your Mac to avoid further data loss. After backing up, the software can recover data from the Mac backup, and your computer can wirte new data again.

Recover Data Step1

Step 2. Go through the scanning results

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac will immediately scan your selected disk volume and display the scanning results.

Recover Data Step2

Step 3. Select the file(s) and recover

In the scan results, select the file(s) to preview and click the "Recover" button to have them back.

Recover Data Step3

Restore chat.db from Other Apple Devices

In addition, since your messages are shared with the same Apple ID, you can restore the deleted chat.db with other Apple devices with the same Apple ID, such as your iPhone and iPad.

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Restore chat.db with Time Machine Backups

Mac Time Machine is a handy backup program on macOS, and you can restore chat.db with the Time Machine once you create a backup that stores the deleted or lost chat history. Here are the steps:

Step 1. Click the Time Machine icon at the top menu, and select "Browser Time Machine Backups".

click Browser Time Machine Backups

Step 2. Choose a Time Machine that stores the chat.db message history file by filter date and time. Click "Restore" to restore the Mac from Time Machine backup.

restore from Time Machine

Recover chat.db with Data Recovery Services

The last method to recover chat.db is to contact EaseUS Data Recovery Services. EaseUS data recovery specialists have over 18 years of experience in data recovery and have helped millions of people worldwide get back their lost or deleted data.

When you face complex data loss scenarios, feel free to contact EaseUS data recovery services to get a one-to-one consultation and targeted solution to retrieve your lost data!


This article introduces 4 effective ways to restore chat.db on a Mac: installing EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac, restoring from your iPhone or iPad, restoring with a Time Machine backup, or contacting EaseUS Data Recovery Services.

How to Restore chat.db on Mac FAQs

Here are questions people also ask when they search for how to recover chat.db on a Mac; take a look.

1. How do I recover deleted chats on my Mac?

Follow the steps below to recover deleted chats on your Mac:

Step 1. Install EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac and choose the Mac hard drive that stores the deleted chats.

Step 2. Click "Search for lost files" to display all recoverable files on the selected hard drive. Choose the deleted chat files you want.

Step 3. Click "Recover" or "Recover All" to bring back the deleted chats on your Mac.

2. How do I restore my messages folder on my Mac?

The deleted folder will move to the Mac Trash bin; you can open the Trash bin folder by clicking the trash bin icon at Mac Dock. Then, find the messages folder in the Trash bin folder, control-click on it, and select the "Put Back" option to return it to its original storage location.

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