WhatsApp is in the early phases of testing a new privacy feature on the messaging platform that will allow users to secure their chat backups, according to WABetaInfo.

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Currently, WhatsApp on iPhone lets users back up their chat history to iCloud, but messages and media that users back up are not protected by WhatsApp's end-to-end encryption while in ‌iCloud‌.

This new feature would resolve that security hole by allowing users to encrypt and password protect their chat history before uploading it to the cloud.

The new encryption and password-protection feature is currently being tested on Android for Google Drive chat backups, but given the way the Facebook-owned platform goes about testing and deploying new features, there's every chance that it will eventually come to WhatsApp for ‌iPhone‌ too.

As mentioned, this change to the way chats are backed up is still in the early stages of testing, and there's never any guarantee that new features will make it to public release.

Earlier this week, WhatsApp's long-requested Dark Mode rolled out to all users. Check out MacRumors' quick guide on how to set it up.

Top Rated Comments

nick_iphone7 Avatar
15 months ago
The dark mode is terrible! I can't turn it off unless I stop the night mode on my iPhone! When you do something, you do it properly! I have no words...
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
3bs Avatar
15 months ago
Now they need to working on cross platform backups. I sometimes switch back and forth between iOS and Android and the backups are not interchangeable.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
1345873 Avatar
15 months ago
Whatsapp isn’t that owned by Facebook? Enough said about privacy, does not exist there.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Agit21 Avatar
15 months ago

The dark mode is terrible! I can't turn it off unless I stop the night mode on my iPhone! When you do something, you do it properly! I have no words...

Turn off dark mode in your iOS settings.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Oz. Avatar
15 months ago

Whatsapp isn’t that owned by Facebook? Enough said about privacy, does not exist there.
I hope Signal is going to take WhatsApp place soon enough...
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
fede777 Avatar
15 months ago

Now they need to working on cross platform backups. I sometimes switch back and forth between iOS and Android and the backups are not interchangeable.
Even more considering it's owned by Facebook, and Messenger works multiplatform.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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