End-to-end encrypted chat backups: The Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp is the only messaging service that offers its users end-to-end encryption to protect chats on its platform. However, the company previously could not offer the same functionality to the backups of the users that are stored on iCloud for iPhone users and Google Drive for Android.
That’s why hackers often target these backups to steal the information and personal data of WhatsApp users. WhatsApp was working on a feature to address this issue. And the company announced last month that it is going to launch end-to-end encryption chat backups on its platform.
WhatsApp has further added that the company will adhere to or enable this end-to-end encrypted chat backups feature. Both the Android and iOS users will access this in Android and iOS based applications in the impending weeks. Presently, the company has ultimately released an update in this context.
According to a recent report issued by WABetaInfo, the company has enabled this end-to-end encrypted chat backups to feature for the moment for its Android beta app users. However, WhatsApp has disabled this in WhatsApp beta for Android version 21.15.7. Nevertheless, According to reports, the end-to-end encrypted chat backups are finally enabled to feature in its Android beta app.
As per a post on the blog site,
“In order to protect your backup using end-to-end encryption, you can choose a personal password or a 64-bit encryption key.”
It is worth mentioning here that look at the warning ahead of enabling this recent end-to-end encrypted chat backups to feature. The blog site further shared a screenshot of the feature that indicates the WhatsApp will not be able to restore the encrypted backups in case of users lose the key because the company cannot have access to it.
The blog site further added,
“Note that WhatsApp cannot help you to restore your chat history from an encrypted backup if you lose the password, so be sure to save it in a safe place.”
Apart from this, the report further suggested that as the company has launched this feature for all users who are utilizing WhatsApp beta for Android, conceivably, some users have not got the update. That’s why the users who still don’t have access to this feature will use the end-to-end encrypted chat backups with the upcoming update.
The Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp has further initiated launching end-to-end encrypted chat backups for its iOS users. According to the report, the end-to-end encrypted chat backups feature has been enabled for particular iOS beta testers in the WhatsApp beta for iOS 22.214.171.124 upgrade.
There is no specific due date when the company will make the final availability of these end-to-end encrypted chat backups features. We can expect the feature’s availability in the main applications soon because the feature is already available in the company’s beta apps.