The File Extensions Database

.DB.CRYPT File Extension

  • Developer by: WhatsApp
  • Category: Database Files

What is an .DB.CRYPT file?

.DB.CRYPT is WhatsApp Encrypted Database File

A DB.CRYPT file is a database file created by WhatsApp Messenger, a free smartphone messenger application. It stores an encrypted database of chat history messages that have been sent and received in WhatsApp Messenger.

The DB.CRYPT file is used by WhatsApp to secure the message database of a user on an Android device. For each new version of the application, WhatsApp uses a different algorithm to encrypt the DB files. The extension appended to the .DB file, such as .CRYPT6, .CRYPT7, .CRYPT8, or .CRYPT12 signifies the algorithm used for encryption.

DB.CRYPT database files are located on the SD card of your Android device. The file is located in the following directory:


Common DB.CRYPT Filenames

msgstore.db.crypt - The name of the common database file used by WhatsApp Messenger to store chat messages.

Programs that open WhatsApp Encrypted Database File
WhatsApp Viewer
WhatsApp Messenger
WhatsApp Messenger

How to solve problems with DB.CRYPT files

  • Associate the DB.CRYPT file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any DB.CRYPT file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.DB.CRYPT files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the DB.CRYPT file, then click "Open with" > "Other...". Then choose another program and check the "Always Open With" box. Linux: Right click on the file, and select "Open with" and choose another program. iPhone: Tap the file. If you do not see an app to open the file, then tap Share "Share" and choose an app. Alternatively, save the file. Then open the Files app Files app. There long-press on the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. Then tap "Share" and select an app. Android: Tap the Settings icon on your smartphone, then tap on the Apps section. There tap the Options icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen to change the default apps.
  • Update your software that should actually open .DB.CRYPT is WhatsApp Encrypted Database File. Because only the current version supports the latest DB.CRYPT file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the WhatsApp manufacturer website after an available .DB.CRYPT is WhatsApp Encrypted Database File update.
  • To make sure that your DB.CRYPT file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.