End-to-end encrypted cloud backups are now available for selected beta testers on WhatsApp for iOS beta version 18.104.22.168 and WhatsApp for Android beta version 22.214.171.124.
WhatsApp has lately been experimenting with end-to-end encrypted cloud backups. According to a source, the update is rolling out to beta testers on both Android and iOS devices. WhatsApp’s latest version attempts to safeguard Google Drive and iCloud backups by allowing users to encrypt them. Message history and media assets kept in WhatsApp backups get an extra degree of protection. Separately, the instant messaging app was revamping the contact details section of the Android app, which might soon be accessible to beta testers.
The Facebook-owned messaging app has begun testing end-to-end encrypted cloud backups for iPhone users using WhatsApp for iOS beta version 126.96.36.199, according to WABetaInfo, a website that tracks WhatsApp beta versions. WhatsApp for Android beta version 188.8.131.52 is also claimed to have begun sending out the end-to-end encrypted backup option to select beta testers.
WhatsApp launched end-to-end encrypted cloud backups as an optional feature earlier this month. It allows users to safeguard their conversation history and media assets stored on Google Drive and iCloud. The news comes months after WhatsApp was internally testing the function. The instant messaging app, on the other hand, has not said when the feature would be available to end customers.
How End-to-End Encrypted Cloud Backups Works:
By activating end-to-end encrypted backups, you will be able to secure your WhatsApp conversation content from third companies, such as Google and Apple, which provide cloud storage for the backups. WhatsApp also stated that even its own staff is unable to read the content of end-to-end encrypted backups.
It’s worth noting that users will need to remember a password in order to add an extra layer of security to their backups. If a user forgets their password and loses their phone he or she won’t be able to restore the encrypted messages.
WhatsApp also demonstrated the ability to add the end-to-end encryption layer to backups. It will use a 64-bit encryption key rather than a new password. However, pictures supplied by WABetaInfo show that encryption key support for Android beta testers isn’t yet available. The upgrade was not visible in the current WhatsApp beta for Android smartphones, according to Gadgets 360.
A New Feature – Contact Data Area:
Along with end-to-end encrypted backups, WhatsApp is testing a new contact data area for Android users. Here users will find the current Chat, Audio, and Video options immediately below their contacts’ profile photos. WABetaInfo released a screenshot to imply the makeover. Some references to the upgrade have been found in WhatsApp for Android beta 184.108.40.206, however, the modifications have yet to be seen in the most recent beta version.
WhatsApp was previously seen working on a new contact/group card interface for Android, which displays when you tap a contact’s or group’s profile photo from your chat list. Below the profile photo of a contact or group, there were also Chat, Audio, and Video options on that card.
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