WhatsApp is experimenting with encrypted cloud backups

End-to-end encryption protects WhatsApp messages, ensuring that no one outside of your private chats can interfere on your privacy.However, WhatsApp’s cloud backups lack this safeguard, which means that authorities with a search warrant could easily access that data.

This is about to change, as WhatsApp’s latest beta version has begun testing encrypted cloud backups.WABetaInfo was the first to notice this update.

WhatsApp cloud encryption has been added to Android beta version 2.21.15.5.If you enable this feature, your chat history and media will be securely backed up on the cloud.However, if you forget your passcode or the 64-digit recovery key, your encrypted backups will be lost forever, and not even WhatsApp will be able to help you recover them.

Those who want to try out the new feature will have to wait because the beta testing programme has reached its limit and is now closed.At the time of writing, WhatsApp was no longer accepting new beta testers.

It may reappear in a future update, but most of us will have to wait for a stable release.However, it is currently only available on Android phones, and there is no word on an iOS update.