WhatsApp beta for Android 2.21.15.5: what’s new?

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WhatsApp has just submitted a new update through the Google Play Beta Program, bringing the version up to 2.21.15.5.
What’s new in this update? Discover the details below!

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Common questions Answers
Name of the feature? End-To-End Encrypted Backups
Status? Rolling out
Availability? WhatsApp beta for Android 2.21.15.5 is marked as compatible version.
I’ve the same version but I don’t see this feature, why? WhatsApp is rolling out this feature today, so it might take a bit before being enabled for your account.
Latest important news? Early access for multi-device is available now!
Thanks: FastenM, Sc, Hypogriff, Elias, Yolo from my Discord server for the test.
END-TO-END ENCRYPTED BACKUPS

After releasing the multi-device beta program for more beta testers, WhatsApp is finally enabling another important feature: the possibility to encrypt your backups!
What does it mean? Encrypting your backups protect your chat history and media from unauthorized access:

How does the encryption work? You need to choose a password that will be used to encrypt your future backups. It’s always needed to insert the password when you restore a backup, otherwise you won’t be able to restore your chat history. This password is private and it’s not shared with WhatsApp, Facebook, Google or Apple.
End-to-end encrypted backups also support an encryption key that can be used to restore your password. It can only contain numeric digits and lowercase letters between ‘a’ and ‘f’. If you lose this key, WhatsApp cannot help you to recover it.

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