Popular instant messaging platform WhatsApp is testing the technology to independently encrypt chat backups in the cloud. The Facebook-owned service revealed that the system has been enabled in its most recent Android beta update.
WhatsApp has recently submitted a new update through the Google Play Beta Program, bringing the version up to 2.20.73.
What’s new in this update? Discover all details below!
- The Protect Backup feature is not available yet.
- This feature is under development: it means that WhatsApp is working on this feature and there isn’t any release date available.
- If you don’t see the update on the Play Store, please be patient until Google will roll out for you (probably according to WhatsApp preferences).
According to WABetaInfo, opting in for the beta build should keep chat history and media securely backed up, with the significant caveat that if a user forgets their passcode or loses the 64-digit recovery key, then they’ll be locked away permanently, even WhatsApp can’t get in then.
In the 2.20.66 beta update, WhatsApp started working on a new feature called Protect Backup, which will encrypt your backup on Google Drive with a password.
Those who are ok with being on their own in that aspect, can get in the beta test group or wait for this to be available to everyone. We explained that the feature was in an alpha stage of development, but finally, we can give more details today with the 2.20.73 beta update!
WhatsApp messages are encrypted end-to-end, which means prying eyes can’t easily see what’s there.
WhatsApp is also reportedly testing a version that works across multiple devices, maintaining end-to-end encryption whether or not you have a phone involved.