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:
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.
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.
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