Not many know that WhatsApp has added end-to-end encryption to chat backups on Google drive. End-to-End or E2E encryption has been already available for WhatsApp chats for years. Meaning that only the sender and the recipient can see the messages. Apart from them, no one can read the user conversations even the app developer can’t read the messages.
This E2E encryption makes the chat more secure by adding an extra layer of protection. But previously there was no End-to-end encryption available for the chat backups. This makes the chat backups less secure as hackers or some other third-party sources can get access to these chat backups.
WhatsApp uses two cloud services for Chat backups. On Android, the messaging app uses Google Drive and on iOS, the app uses iCloud for chat backups.
Last month, the Meta-owned popular instant messaging app has added an end-to-end encryption feature for Google Cloud and iOS to make chat backups more secure.
Users have to enable this feature manually as it is not enabled by default. In this article, we will tell you how to enable end-to-end encryption of chat backups on Google Drive.
As mentioned previously, E2E encryption will add an extra layer of security to chat backups on Google Drive. After enabling this feature only, the account holder can get access to the chat backups.
For the encryption, you need to set up a password or set a 64-digit encryption key. The password should be strong so it is difficult for hackers to bypass it and must contain one number and at least seven characters.
How to enable WhatsApp Chat backup encryption on Google Cloud?
Tap on three dots at the top left corner.
Tap on settings and then tap on Chats.
Scroll down at the bottom and tap on Chat Backups.
In chat backups, tap on End-to-End encrypted backups.
Tap on “Turn On” to proceed further.
Now you have to option to “Create Password” or “Use 64-Digit Encryption Key Instead”
You can choose between these two depending on your liking.
Remember that after setting the encryption your chat backups will be locked and can only be accessed through the password or 64-digit encrypted key so don’t lose them as you won’t be able to restore the backups without them.
After that when you restore your backup on another device or the same device you will be asked to enter the password or the 64-digit encrypted key. If you don’t want or like this extra security layer in the future then you can disable this by following the same procedure.
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