All individual and group chats on WhatsApp are protected with end-to-end encryption but the same is not true for cloud-based backups. This is exactly what the company is aiming to change with its newly spotted feature. WhatsApp has reportedly started testing password-protected and encrypted cloud storage backups for Android and iOS devices.
This new under-development feature was first spotted and shared by WABetaInfo. The leak shows a bunch of screenshots detailing how this feature would work. It seems like the new feature will be called “Password Protect Backups” which is self-explanatory. It starts off by asking users to set a password for cloud storage backups that will be stored in the future.
As previously announced, @WhatsApp is working on cloud backups encryption.
The chat database and media will be safe from unauthorized access when using a password. The password is private and it’s not sent to WhatsApp.
It will be available in a future build for iOS and Android. pic.twitter.com/Lp06PaECBX
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) March 8, 2021
This password will have to be at least 8-characters long and it will be case-sensitive. It will be used for encrypting all future cloud backups as well as for decrypting them. This newly added protection will ensure that only the authorized user can access backups and restore them. Eventually, this will provide unauthorized access to cloud storage.
It is important to note that whatever password you choose, you better not forget it. WhatsApp has made it clear if you end up forgetting the password, they will not be able to help you in recovering it. It simply means your WhatsApp backups will stay encrypted until you can remember the correct password again.