Back in August, WhatsApp announced that it would soon roll out end-to-end encrypted backups. And as promised, the developers behind the popular messaging app has started rolling out end-to-end encrypted backups feature on iOS and Android globally now.
Unencrypted backups was one of its privacy flaws as cloud backups provided by Google Drive and Apple’s iCloud could be accessed by authorities if they get warrants and these tech giants could hand over access to your data.
But these are changing; you can turn on end-to-end encryption for your backups. The way WhatsApp owner Facebook describes this in its announcement, it seems like it won’t be on by default but you’ll have to actively choose to enable it.
Things To Know About WhatsApp End-to-End Encrypted Backups
- Encrypting your backups means that neither WhatsApp or Google or Apple will be able to read your backups.
- You won’t be able to restore your backup if you forget your encryption key or password
- If you lose your WhatsApp chats, WhatsApp can’t reset your password or restore your backup for you.
- You can turn off encrypted backups by clicking on Chats > Chat Backup > End-to-end Encrypted Backup and then tap Turn Off.
How to Enable WhatsApp End-to-End Encrypted Backups
- Get the latest WhatsApp update via your respective app store.
- Go to Settings
- Click on Chats > Chat Backup > End-to-end Encrypted Backup
- Tap Continue. You’ll see prompts to set up a password or a 64-digit encryption key.
- Click Done.