- WhatsApp could introduce encryption for chat backups.
- Encryption means that nobody can access your private chats, not even WhatsApp.
- WhatsApp is testing a feature that would encrypt the chat backup of users.
It is no secret that WhatsApp chats are end-to-end encrypted, something that WhatsApp keeps telling users whenever there is an issue on the privacy front. But now WhatsApp could introduce encryption for chat backups. Encryption means that nobody can access your private chats, not even WhatsApp. In this case, it means that if you enable this option nobody can access your chat backups either not even WhatsApp and third-party apps involved. For the unversed, WhatsApp lets backup their chats to Google Drive, which is a separate entity.
As per Wabetainfo, WhatsApp is testing a feature that would encrypt the chat backup of users. "In the WhatsApp beta for Android 126.96.36.199 beta article, we talked about a new feature under development: end-to-end encrypted backups. End-To-End Encrypted Backups are very safe because they are protected by a private password that prevents unauthorized access to them while on Google Drive," the report read. The WhatsApp features tracker said that the feature is still not available.
WhatsApp lets users store their chat history on Google Drive. The encryption on chat backup would protect the chat history from unauthorised access on Google Drive. In the screenshots shared by the WhatsApp features tracker, it can be seen that the user will be given a choice to enable encryption. Once you enable the feature, you can protect your back from unauthorized access on Google Drive. You can store up to 25GB on the drive.