It was heard for a long time that WhatsApp is going to test end-to-end encryption for cloud backup. This means that WhatsApp will now protect chats that are backed up in Google Drive and iCloud. According to new reports, WhatsApp has started rolling out end-to-end encryption for iOS and Android beta testers. Currently, the Chatting section of WhatsApp features end-to-end encryption, which means that no one except the sender and receiver can view the chat, not even WhatsApp and Facebook. Soon the feature will be enabled for chat backup.
As per a report by Wabetainfo, WhatsApp is rolling out the possibility of encrypting your backup using end-to-end encryption. If you enable end-to-end encryption, you will be able to secure your backups on iCloud from unauthorized access.
WhatsApp first tested the feature on the iOS beta app. The WhatsApp messaging app was also testing a similar feature for the Android beta app. According to the report, when your chat backup is end-to-end encrypted, even WhatsApp, Facebook and Apple cannot read the chat, as it is encrypted using a password or a 64-digit encryption key.
To protect your backups using ‘end-to-end encryption’, you can choose to have a personal password or a 64-bit encryption key, according to the report. If you forget your password, WhatsApp cannot help you restore your chat history from an encrypted backup, so make sure you remember your password.
How can I enable this feature?
To turn on the feature, you have to go to the setting of WhatsApp, in which by going to the section of chat, you will select the option of chat backup and then turn on the End-to-end Encrypted Backup setting.
WhatsApp Settings > Chats > Chat Backup > End-to-end Encrypted Backup.
WhatsApp is currently rolling out the feature only for select users, if you are a beta tester and you don’t get the end-to-end encryption option yet, you can get it in a future update.
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