WhatsApp has recently submitted a new update through the Google Play Beta Program, bringing the version up to 2.20.73.
What’s new in this update? Discover all details below!
- The Protect Backup feature is not available yet.
- This feature is under development: it means that WhatsApp is working on this feature and there isn’t any release date available.
- If you don’t see the update on the Play Store, please be patient until Google will roll out for you (probably according to WhatsApp preferences).
In the 2.20.66 beta update, WhatsApp started to work on a new feature called Protect Backup, that will allow to encrypt your backup on Google Drive with a password.
We explained that the feature was in an alpha stage of development, but finally we can give more details today with the 2.20.73 beta update!
As we explained in the previous article, the option will be available in a future update directly in the Chat Backup settings:
After tapping Password protect backups, WhatsApp will start the configuration to protect the backup, asking some information to confirm the operation:
This a big step forward for Android users. Backups on Google Drive were already safe, but some users complained that WhatsApp has free storage on Google Drive because the company gave access to messages to Google (that’s absolutely not true!).
Thanks to this feature, those users won’t be able to say anything anymore.
The feature is under development and it will be available in future.
Note that, a similar technique was silently implemented on WhatsApp for iOS.
I'm saying this because people say that messages aren't encrypted on iCloud, but they are.
They are confused because WhatsApp says that the backup is not *end-to-end* encrypted, but they don't mention that they use a different method to encrypt the database. https://t.co/fUP0zsMJI2
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) March 5, 2020
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