CRYPT File Documentation


Feature Value
File Extension .crypt, .crypt12, etc.
Full Name WhatsApp Messenger Encrypted Message Database Backup
MIME Type application/octet-stream
Primary Use Backup WhatsApp messages in an encrypted format
Encryption AES-256 encryption standard
Associated Applications WhatsApp Messenger
File Signature Dependent on the crypt version (e.g., 57 41 59 20 for Crypt12)
Backup Type Incremental and Full
File Origin Exported from within WhatsApp application
Restoration Procedure Requires original device or authentication details
Key for Decryption Unique per device/installation
Database Storage Format SQLite
Compatibility Android and iOS (with differing methods)
File Location on Android /sdcard/WhatsApp/Databases/
File Naming Convention msgstore-YYYY-MM-DD.1.db.crypt12
Versioning Numerical, indicating the encryption protocol (e.g., .crypt12)
Purpose Securely store chat history backup
File Size Varies, can be several MBs depending on backup size
Required for Restoration WhatsApp application and associated phone number
Limitations Can only be decrypted by the WhatsApp application
Update Frequency Daily, if configured in WhatsApp settings