WhatsApp has finally rolled out end-to-end encrypted backups for iOS and Android users. The messaging app was rumored to be working on encrypting chat backups for the longest time. This feature was first revealed during several beta tests.
WhatsApp has finally rolled out end-to-end encrypted backups for iOS and Android users. The messaging app was rumored to be working on encrypting chat backups for the longest time. This feature was first revealed during several beta tests. WhatsApp users can now add this optional additional layer of security to their iCloud and Google Drive accounts.
This feature has been made available for both Android and iOS users. This mainly means that you can choose to encrypt the chat that is backed up on your Google Drive and iCloud. When you encrypt your chat, even WhatsApp or Facebook can’t read it.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the rollout of end-to-end encryption for cloud backup through a post on his page. Announcing the new feature, WhatsApp said in a blog post, “While end-to-end encrypted messages you send and receive are archived on your device, many people lose their phone to their chats. Also, want a way to back up.
Starting today, we’re providing an additional, optional layer of security with end-to-end encryption to backups stored on Google Drive or iCloud. No other global messaging service of this scale provides this level of security for its users’ messages, media, voice messages, video calls, and chat backups.
Users can now protect their end-to-end encrypted backups with a password of their choice or with 64-digit encryption keys that only you know. Neither WhatsApp nor your backup service provider will be able to read or unlock your backup.
How to Activate Encryption for WhatsApp Chats
- Open WhatsApp and go to settings
- Tap Chats, then tap Chat Backup, and then tap End-to-End Encrypted Backup.
- Click Continue, then register for a password or keys
- Once you’ve created the password, tap Done and wait for WhatsApp to create your end-to-end encrypted backup.
- It is important to note that if users lose their WhatsApp chats and forget their password, they will not be able to restore their backup. WhatsApp cannot reset your password or restore your backup for you. So if you want to keep your chat secure, you need to remember the password because without it you cannot access the chat.
How to turn off end-to-end encryption for WhatsApp chats
- Open WhatsApp and go to Settings.
- Tap on Chats, go to Chat Backup, and then go to End-to-End Encrypted Backup.
- After that choose Turn off menu.
- Enter the password that you have created for end-to-end encryption.
- Confirm that you want to turn off encrypted backup by tapping on the Confirm option.