Encrypt WhatsApp backup – how it works

WhatsApp backup: now also end-to-end encrypted
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End-to-end encryption is a big topic at WhatsApp, with which the messenger service advertises again and again and wants to guarantee its users sufficient privacy for chatting with others. End-to-end encryption is also possible with chat backups.

Either with your own password or a 64-digit key. The backup is then uploaded encrypted to Google Drive and iCloud. Neither the backup provider nor WhatsApp should be able to read the backup or use the necessary encryption.

Encrypt WhatsApp backup: Here’s how

If the user chooses a password, the encryption is verified using a hardware security module in the cloud. This should protect the code from third parties. Of the 64-digit key works without the module. This must therefore be stored locally somewhere securely so that you can access this encryption again and again.

The end-to-end encryption must be carried out by the WhatsApp user activated will. This is possible in the following steps:

  1. Open WhatsApp settings.
  2. Go to Chats and then select Chat Backup. After that, go to end-to-end encrypted backup.
  3. Now tap next and follow the instructions to create a password or generate a key.
  4. Then click Done and wait for WhatsApp to activate the encrypted backup. This can take a few minutes.

How-to: Create WhatsApp Backup with End-to-End Encryption

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In the video we show how to backup your chats and photos to the cloud on WhatsApp and how to activate the new encryption function.

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When using the encrypted backup, you should note that you need the password or key do not change or can inquire again. If you forget your code, the WhatsApp backup cannot be restored.

If you use the function again deactivate If you want, follow these steps:

  1. Open WhatsApp settings.
  2. Go to Chats and then select Chat Backup. After that, go to end-to-end encrypted backup.
  3. Click turn off.
  4. WhatsApp will ask you to enter the password or key.
  5. Once you’ve done that, you’ll need to confirm again that you want to turn off the feature.
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Trusting messages or data that are exchanged in WhatsApp chat can also be used with the function protected from third parties will. The messenger service thus makes the next feature for improved user privacy possible.

However, anyone who uses this feature should be aware that you should memorize the password or key used to encrypt the backup, or write it down safely tucked away somewhere to protect it access on the chat backup not to lose.

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