Here is how to enable end-to-end encryption of chat backup on WhatsApp so that you can keep the backups of your chat secure.
End-to-end encryption is one of the best features of WhatsApp, which keeps your chat safe from others. This feature provides privacy and security for your chats and also other details that you share using WhatsApp.
WhatsApp is constantly pushing a great set of features recently like chat lock, transferring chats without Google etc. As we know, all your chats on WhatsApp are back up on the cloud, and they can be retrieved at any time and location. This helps you to switch phones and download your WhatsApp chats to new phones easily.
Like the end-to-end encryption feature for chats, WhatsApp provides end-to-end encryption for your chat backup as well. If you are unaware of this feature and want to know on how to use chat backup encryption on WhatsApp, then here are the steps.
Need of end-to-end encryption of WhatsApp chat backup?
Encrypted data is always safe, as it won’t be readable for humans. It is stored as binary codes which cannot be used by another person. This feature helps to transfer data from your phone to cloud services in an encrypted format.
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Not even WhatsApp can read the information of your backup messages. This will provide another level of security to the sensitive information and data that you have shared on WhatsApp earlier.
How to enable end-to-end encryption of chat backup on WhatsApp
The process is simple, and the setting is built in to the WhatsApp application in both Android and iOS. Before starting with the process, you must make sure that there is a chat backup present for your previous chats. Creating a chat backup will always help to get back your data if your phone is lost or switched.
To turn on Chat Backup on WhatsApp, Open WhatsApp > Click on “Settings” at the bottom bar > Click on “Chats” in the settings page > Click “Chat Backup” button > Click “Turn on Chat Backup”.
There are additional settings here like the duration of backup like daily, weekly or monthly. Select the option and the chats will be automatically backed up.
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Enable end-to-end encryption of chat backup
- Open WhatsApp
- Click on Settings button on the bottom bar.
- Click on “Chats” button and then click on “Chat Backup”.
- At the bottom part of the page there will be an option called “End-to-end Encrypted Backup”.
- By default, this option will be “Off” Click on it and turn it “ON”
- Once you click on it, you will be shown with a prompt to add a Password for backtup.
- Either provide a password or use a 64 digit encryption key.
- Once the password is added, your backup will be encrypted.
WhatsApp will be regularly asking for the encryption password for your Chat Backup when ever you reinstall the app or change phones.