WhatsApp Encrypted Database File
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What is a DB.CRYPT12 file?
A DB.CRYPT12 file is a database file used by WhatsApp Messenger, a free smartphone messenger application. It stores an encrypted database of chat history messages.
The DB.CRYPT12 file is a result of WhatsApp appending the .CRYPT12 file extension to the .DB file. It is used by WhatsApp to secure a user's message database on his or her 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, or .CRYPT8 signifies the algorithm used for encryption.
The DB.CRYPT12 database files are located on the SD card of your Android device. The file is located in the following directory:
NOTE: WhatsApp Messenger creates DB.CRYPT12 files periodically to save incremental backups of databases. You can delete DB.CRYPT12 files to reclaim storage space but you will delete messages stored in the DB.CRYPT12 database.
Common DB.CRYPT12 Filenames
msgstore.db.crypt12 - The name of the common database file used by WhatsApp Messenger that is stored in your device storage.