WhatsApp beta for Android 2.21.21.5: 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 2.21.21.5.
What’s new in this update? Discover all details below!

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Common questions Answers
Name of the feature? End-To-End Encrypted Backups
Status? Rolling out
Compatibility? WhatsApp beta for Android 2.21.21.5 is marked as compatible update.
I’ve the same version but I don’t see this feature, why? WhatsApp is rolling out this feature for specific users. If you cannot turn on end-to-end encrypted backups, please wait for the next few updates.
Previous news? WhatsApp Messenger beta for iOS 2.21.200.14: what’s new?
END-TO-END ENCRYPTED BACKUPS

In the WhatsApp beta for Android 2.21.15.5 update, WhatsApp temporarily enabled end-to-end encrypted backups, to secure your backups while on Google Drive from unauthorized access, but it seems it has been enabled by mistake and it has been disabled in the 2.21.15.7 beta update. Yesterday it has been enabled for specific iOS beta testers in the WhatsApp beta for iOS 2.21.200.14 update.
Today WhatsApp is finally enabling the feature on WhatsApp for Android again, and we can confirm it’s not a mistake!

In order to protect your backup using end-to-end encryption, you can choose a personal password or a 64-bit encryption key. The choice is yours and you can discover technical details here.
Note that WhatsApp cannot help you to restore your chat history from an encrypted backup if you lose the password, so be sure to save it in a safe place. If the feature is not enabled for your WhatsApp account, the next beta updates should help you to receive the feature.

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