The Facebook-owned company WhatsApp is testing a new feature on the beta version of the application. The app will also get some new UI updates in the upcoming release. WhatsApp provides end-to-end encryption on its chats, but there’s no such security feature for the backups.
Encryption means that nobody can access your private chats, not even WhatsApp. In this case, it means that if you enable this option nobody can access your chat backups either not even WhatsApp and third-party apps involved. For the unversed, WhatsApp lets backup their chats to Google Drive, which is a separate entity.
The instant messaging application might soon introduce the feature on the Android platform. WhatsApp uses Google Drive to store backups on the Android platform and as of now, the backed-up chats are not end-to-end encrypted. A website that tracks changes in the beta version of the application, has shared some screenshots of the new feature. According to the sources, the user is prompted to move to the safer way to store backups. The prompt states, “Secure your message history and media on Google Drive from unauthorized access.” To protect chat back-up, the new beta version also gets password protection. Users can set passwords to their backups and they will be prompted to enter the passwords when they try to restore the chats. In order to enable password protection, the user will have to verify their phone numbers as well. This new feature is expected to be optional for the users. Encryption can be enabled or disabled from the settings within the app. Once the user turns on the new option, they will be able to see the chat history marked with ‘end-to-end’ encryption.