WhatsApp Messenger beta for iOS 2.21.200.14: what’s new?

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WhatsApp has just submitted a new update through the TestFlight beta Program, bringing the version up to 2.21.200.14.
What’s new in this update? Discover everything below!

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Common questions Answers
Name of the feature? End-to-end Encrypted Backups
Status? Rolling out
Compatibility? WhatsApp Messenger beta 2.21.200.14 is marked as compatible update.
I’ve the same version but I don’t see this feature, why? This feature has been released for specific beta testers, so you need to wait for other updates.
Previous news? WhatsApp beta for Android 2.21.21.3: what’s new?
WhatsApp Messenger (2.21.240.14)LAST SLOT AVAILABILITY
178 days, 10 minutes and 44 seconds ago
BETA PROGRAM CLOSED

The beta program is currently closed.
Check out TestFlight or Twitter daily to discover new availabilities.

END-TO-END ENCRYPTED BACKUPS

WhatsApp is finally ready to release a new feature on WhatsApp beta for iOS: the possibility to encrypt your backup using end-to-end encryption! What is an end-to-end encrypted backup? It’s a way to secure your backup on iCloud from unauthorized access.
What does “unauthorized access” mean? For example, if someone else is able to use your Apple ID. How?

  • An attacker may be able to log into your Apple ID if you use a weak or common password. Please turn on two-factor authentication!
  • If you use the same password for more services. This is not a good practice. If a service is hacked, your email and password may be in a data breach, like what has been shared after the Twitch data breach.

When your backup is end-to-end encrypted, nobody (including WhatsApp, Facebook and Apple) can see its content, because it’s encrypted using a password or a 64-digit encryption key.

This feature has been rolled out for specific iOS beta testers today for WhatsApp Messenger and Business beta. If you’d like to discover if this feature is enabled for your WhatsApp account, just check out WhatsApp Settings > Chats > Chat Backup > End-to-end Encrypted Backup.
When you enable this feature, you should disable “WhatsApp” for your device backup, which is not secured with end-to-end encryption. Just open iPhone Settings > Your Name > iCloud > Manage Storage > Backup > Disable WhatsApp (please follow exactly this path). The next time you use a new iPhone, you need to manually restore your chat history within WhatsApp.
Don’t lose your password to decrypt your backup, because WhatsApp cannot see it and they cannot help you if you lose your phone.
If you’re curious about discovering more technical details, this page contains a lot of information.
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