WhatsApp introduced end-to-end encryption for backups stored on Google Drive and iCloud. It has been a month since Facebook-owned company tested the update internally. Last month, WhatsApp announced the launch of end-to-end encrypted cloud backups for Android and iOS users. The opt-in feature will help protect users’ backups from access by third parties, including cloud storage providers such as Google and Apple. WhatsApp claims to protect chat history stored in backups.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the rollout of end-to-end encryption for cloud backups through a post on his page. This feature will be gradually rolled out globally for both Android and iOS users to protect the extra layer of backups stored in the cloud.
Since 2016, WhatsApp has provided end-to-end encryption by default for messages circulating on its platform. The company claims that advanced encryption protects 100 billion messages a day as they travel to more than two billion users globally.
WhatsApp users, however, also found the same level of encryption required for chat history and other content backed up in the cloud available on the app. This resulted in the introduction of end-to-end encryption for cloud backup.
“If someone chooses to back up their chat history with end-to-end encryption, it will only be available to them and no one will be able to unlock their backup, not even WhatsApp. Neither WhatsApp nor backup service providers (like Apple Paul) will be able to access their end-to-end encryption keys or their end-to-end encrypted backups, ”the company said.
How to enable end-to-end encryption for WhatsApp backup
WhatsApp is currently bringing end-to-end encryption for cloud backup on both Android and iOS devices. Make sure you’re on the latest version of WhatsApp to get updates.
Unlike the end-to-end encryption available by default, you need to manually enable end-to-end encryption for cloud backup. You can do this by going here Settings > Chat > Chat backup > End-to-end encrypted backup And then follow the on-screen instructions. You need to create a password for your backup. Alternatively, you can use a 64-bit encryption key.
When the on-screen steps are complete, tap Done And wait for WhatsApp to create your end-to-end encrypted backup. You may need to connect your phone to a power source as encryption will require some of the device’s local resources.
It is important to note that you will not be able to restore your end-to-end encrypted backups if you forget your password or key.
WhatsApp last month promised to enable end-to-end encrypted cloud backup. End-to-end Encrypted Cloud Backup was tested on Android and iOS earlier this month.