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What are CRYPT8 files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a CRYPT8 file or are you simply curious about its contents? We're here to explain the properties of these files and provide you with software that can open or handle your CRYPT8 files.

What is a CRYPT8 file?

The CRYPT8 file format was developed as a database format for version 8 of WhatsApp Messenger. This is an application that can be installed and used in tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices that run on the Android OS, BlackBerry, iOS or Windows Phone. WhatsApp Messenger is an instant messaging (IM) client that can allow users to send text messages, share multimedia content, place and receive call via VoIP (voice over Internet protocol).A .crypt8 file may contain text messages of chat conversations that are archived by WhatsApp Messenger. These CRYPT8 files may also contain metadata details and session logs like date and time stamps of incoming and outgoing calls, sent and received files, etc.It's best to leave these .crypt8 files alone so as to ensure that the stored chat logs and other details can properly be accessed by WhatsApp Messenger upon the request of the user. These may be opened and viewed with the use of standard text editors like Notepad, though it may not display human readable content.

How to open CRYPT8 files

Important: Different programs may use files with the CRYPT8 file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your CRYPT8 file is, you may need to try a few different programs.

We have not yet verified any programs for Windows that work with this specific file format. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below. Thanks!

Last updated: November 27, 2014

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