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WhatsApp rolls out E2E encrypted backups to iOS beta

Whatsapp Group Message on iPhone X
Whatsapp Group Message on iPhone X (Image credit: Luke Filipowicz/iMore)

What you need to know

  • WhatsApp announced end-to-end encrypted backups on iCloud last month.
  • It has now rolled out the feature for testing in the WhatsApp beta.
  • It will let users securely back up their chats on iCloud.

WhatsApp has rolled out end-to-end encryption for backups in its latest iOS beta.

As WABetaInfo reports:

WhatsApp has just submitted a new update through the TestFlight beta Program, bringing the version up to 2.21.200.14.

The new update feature E2E backups for select beta testers, so not everyone using WhatsApp on TestFlight. The feature can be accessed in the Chats section of WhatsApp's settings, where you can now find an end-to-end encrypted backup option. WABetaInfo notes that if you set this up you should switch off your regular WhatsApp backup because this isn't stored using E2E, you can do this in the iCloud backup section of your settings on iOS 15 and beyond.

WhatsApp announced the feature last month, which will let users backup their chats to iCloud securely on devices like the iPhone 13 and Apple's other best iPhones. From that report:

WhatsApp has today announced that it is bringing end-to-end encrypted chat backups to iCloud and Google Drive.Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted stating: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 at this scale to offer end-to-end encrypted messaging and backups, and getting there was a really hard technical challenge that required an entirely new framework for key storage and cloud storage across operating systems.It means users will now have the option to end-to-end encrypt backups of their chats in the cloud, patching what was a major loophole in the otherwise secure platform that is WhatsApp.

The backups are secured with a 64-digit encryption key that can be stored offline or in a password manager. Or they can use a password that backs up their encryption key in a vault developed by WhatsApp.

Stephen Warwick
Stephen Warwick

Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.

Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple.