WhatsApp for iOS begins rolling out end-to-end encrypted backups for beta testers
Almost a month after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that WhatsApp would receive end-to-end encrypted backups, it looks like the feature is finally rolling out for some beta testers.
As reported by Always Reliable WABetaInfo, WhatsApp version 184.108.40.206 released end-to-end encrypted backups for specific beta testers. With this, these users will already enjoy protecting their data from everyone, including Apple, Facebook, and WhatsApp.
To find out if you are one of the selected beta testers, follow these steps:
- Open WhatsApp settings.
- Tap on “Chats” and then on “Chat backup”.
- On “Chat backup”, enable “End-to-end encrypted backup”.
WABetaInfo Advises users to turn off WhatsApp for backing up their devices because it is not end-to-end encrypted after enabling end-to-end encrypted backups. Here are the steps:
- Open iPhone settings, then tap your name.
- Choose “iCloud”, then “Manage Store” and “Backup”.
- Scroll down to find “WhatsApp” and turn off app backup.
The next time you use a new iPhone, WABetaInfo notes, users will have to “manually restore your chat history in WhatsApp”.
Here’s how Mark Zuckerberg described the feature when he announced it:
We’re adding another layer of privacy and security to WhatsApp: an end-to-end encryption option for the backups people choose to store in Google Drive or iCloud. WhatsApp is the first global messaging service on this scale to offer end-to-end encrypted messaging and backups, and achieving this was a very difficult technical challenge that required an entirely new framework for key storage and cloud storage on all operating systems.
This new end-to-end encrypted backup is another step in the app’s plan to support multiple devices with the same account and provide additional protection for its users.
Since this feature is already available to some public beta testers, it probably won’t be long before it becomes available to all users.
Are you already able to access end-to-end encrypted backups? What do you think of this feature? Tell us in the comments section below.