According to rumours, now not even Whatsapp will be able to access your chats thanks to ‘End-To-End Encrypted Backups’ option. The development was first confirmed by WaBetaInfo, a simple platform where all the latest news about the beta versions of WhatsApp comes first. According to WaBetaInfo, the simple yet elegant feature will make backups safe and secure when it will be uploaded to Google Drive.
Although WhatsApp’s intent was questioned by masses, it seems that the platform is looking to continue adding more and more privacy related features to assure its users. In an attempt to do just that, the company will be launching a new feature called ‘End-To-End-Encryption Backups’.
According to the screenshots shared by WaBetaInfo, it seems that with the new feature, not even WhatsApp will be able to snoop into your chats if you enable this option. For people that were strongly unsure about the privacy concerns the platform brings, this may be a great feature.
How does ‘End-to-End Encrypted Backups’ Work?
According to the screenshots, in the 18.104.22.168 version of the app, an “Encrypt your Backup” option will appear in the Chat Backup section. For the uninitiated, the app lets a user store their chat locally (on device) and on cloud (Google Drive). When you enable this feature, you will be asked to set a new password.
After this, whenever you will be restoring your WhatsApp chat on that device or any other device, you will need to put the password that you had set earlier. Only through this password could the backup of the chats be decrypted and till the password is not put, not even WhatsApp will be able to access it.
While enabling the “Encrypt your Backup” option, the app will also give you the option to disable the encryption or change the passcode you had earlier set. It should be noted that this passcode will be completely private and won’t be shared to either WhatsApp or its parent company and social media giant, Facebook.
One thing for our readers to note is that if a person forgets the password, even WhatsApp won’t be able to get you out of the pickle and help you restore the backup. But, for such situations, WhatsApp has put in a place a “recovery key” feature. By creating a recovery key, one could restore a backup in case they have forgotten the password.
According to WaBetaInfo, “The feature is under development and it will be available in a future update.”
Voice message playback at different speeds
Earlier, the company had also released a new feature in which users were given the option to listen to voice messages at multiple playback speeds. The feature was released in the Android version of WhatsApp beta, 22.214.171.124. However, a lot of beta users were left scratching their heads after the feature was disabled in the app’s next beta update, which was for version 126.96.36.199. Later it was reported that the Mark Zuckerberg owned platform has enabled the feature again for its beta users.