Facebook rolls out end-to-end encrypted backups to WhatsApp

WhatsApp’s end-to-end encrypted chat backups for iOS and Android will be available from Thursday, Facebook announced. The company has provided end-to-end encryption for chats for years, but with this new change, you can get the same level of encryption for your backups.

WhatsApp backups are stored in iCloud or Google Drive, but that means Apple or Google can hand the backups over to governments or law enforcement if forced to. The change, available Thursday, will allow you to protect your WhatsApp cloud backups with a password or a 64-digit encryption key, which theoretically means no one but you can access the backup.

You can read more about how the encrypted backups work in our article about the feature’s original announcement and in a white paper from Facebook. And if you want to enable end-to-end encrypted backups for your account, Facebook has: a guide you can follow here.