How To Enable Encrypted Backups On WhatsApp
Last Updated: February 27, 2022
Do you want to make sure that your chat backups on WhatsApp are secure? Do you want to add another layer of protection to your cloud backups on the app? In any case, you can enable chat backups from the app settings. In our quick guide below, we’ll show you the steps to do so.
In WhatsApp, messages you receive and send have a layer of end-to-end encryption covering them. With the help of this feature, only those in the conversation can check or listen to its messages.
In one of WhatsApp’s recent updates, they expanded the end-to-end encryption feature to chat backups on the app. As such, users now have an option to enable encryption to their iCloud and Google Drive backups.
Here’s our guide about using the end-to-end encrypted backups on WhatsApp.
How to enable end-to-end encrypted backups on WhatsApp
If you want to make sure that your backups on WhatsApp are secure, you can enable the end-to-end backup encryption feature on the app. In this way, only you can access your message history in the future.
You can enable the end-to-end encrypted backup on the WhatsApp mobile app. Follow our tutorial below, and we’ll show you how to do it from your Android device.
Enabling end-to-end encrypted backups on WhatsApp:
- Open WhatsApp from your home screen or app drawer and sign in to your account.
- Tap the three-dots icon on the upper right corner of the app and select the “Settings” option from the menu.
- Head to your Chat options.
- Tap “Chat backup” near the bottom of the Chat settings page.
- Select the “End-to-end encrypted backup” option and tap the “Turn On” button at the bottom of the page.
- Tap the “Create Password” button at the bottom of your screen.
- Enter your desired password and tap “Next” at the bottom of your screen. Re-enter your password and click Next to verify it.
- Tap the Create button to confirm your decision.
After hitting the Create option, wait for WhatsApp to prepare your backup. This process might take some time, and the app might prompt you to connect to a power source.
Instead of using the password option when creating an encrypted backup, you can use the 64 digit key that you can store and save in a safe place. When restoring a backup, you’ll need to enter your password or key to recover your data.
Disabling end-to-end encrypted backups on WhatsApp:
- Tap the three-dots icon on the upper right corner of the app and select Settings from the menu.
- Navigate to Chat > Chat backup and open your “End-to-end encrypted” backup options.
- Tap the red “Turn Off” button at the bottom of your screen.
- Enter your key or password, and tap Turn Off to confirm your decision.
That’s how you disable end-to-end backups on WhatsApp. Please note that you can change the password for the backup whenever you want.
To wrap it all up
Now that you know how to enable encrypted backups on WhatsApp, you can rest easy knowing that your backups have a layer of protection against people that try to access them.
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