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New update for WhatsApp: Chat backups are now end-to-end encrypted. How to activate on iPhone, Android

With this, Facebook-owned WhatsApp completes the final step towards providing a complete end-to-end encrypted messaging experience, the company said in a statement.

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New update for WhatsApp: WhatsApp has started rolling out the much-anticipated end-to-end encrypted chat backups to secure the private conversations that take place on the platform.

The new feature is aimed at WhatsApp users on Android and iOS platforms around the world, who can add this optional extra layer of protection to their iCloud and Google Drive accounts.

With this, Facebook-owned WhatsApp completes the final step towards providing a complete end-to-end encrypted messaging experience, the company said in a statement.

Speaking to Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg posted: “End-to-end encrypted backups for WhatsApp are starting to roll out today. Proud of the team to continue to lead the security of your private conversations.

To create an end-to-end encrypted backup, you must have the latest version of WhatsApp.

How to enable end-to-end encrypted backup

  • Open Settings
  • Go to Chats
  • Click on Chat Backups
  • Tap End-to-End Encrypted Backup
  • Follow the prompts to create a password or encryption key
  • Tap Done
  • Wait for WhatsApp to prepare end-to-end encrypted backup. Ensure you are connected to a power source

WhatsApp says backups cannot be restored if you lose your chats and forget your password or key. WhatsApp cannot reset passwords or restore a backup. You can change the password at any time if you have access to your old password or key.

What does this new WhatsApp update mean?

WhatsApp claims that end-to-end encrypted backups will give users more privacy and security for their digital conversations.

Users can secure their end-to-end encrypted backup with a self-powered password or 64-digit encryption key. The company claims that neither WhatsApp nor the backup service provider will be able to read the backups or access this key.

Users can also choose to disable end-to-end encrypted backup.

To do this, they will need to use the password or key, or authenticate with the device’s biometrics or PIN code.

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