How Encrypting Your iCloud WhatsApp Backups Is Beneficial

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Photo: Alberto Garcia Guillen (Shutterstock) – Encryption from end to end should be added to your WhatsApp iCloud backups to ensure their safety WhatsApp is one of the most widely used messaging applications in the world, with over two billion users, and it is also one of the few that provides end-to-end encryption by default. So, no one else can listen in on your talks but you and the other party. It’s impossible for WhatsApp to read your communications since it doesn’t have the key to decrypt your chats..

Only one scenario wasn’t accurate: WhatsApp communications saved up to iCloud were entirely unencrypted, meaning that anyone obtained your iCloud backup could see all of your messages without much difficulty. It’s possible to safeguard your WhatsApp backups using the same two-factor authentication using a password or secure key, but this functionality is only available as an option in WhatsApp.

Is it possible to encrypt WhatsApp backups on iCloud?

A 64-digit security key or a password is required for WhatsApp to provide end to end encryption. Use a password that is both safe and easy to remember so that you won’t lose any chats if your password is lost or stolen. If you use a password that is difficult to remember, keep it in your password manager (it can be iCloud Keychain or a third-party service like Bitwarden).

First and foremost, make sure your WhatsApp app is up to date. To ensure that all of WhatsApp’s two billion users have access to this new function, you should check back in a few days to see if it has appeared yet.

Take a look at “Chats” in the “Settings” section of WhatsApp. Select “Chat Backups” and then “End-to-End Encrypted Backup” from the drop-down menu. Select “Create Password” from the “Turn On” drop-down menu that appears.

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A password with at least six characters and one letter is required here. Once you’ve done that, simply press the “Next” key.

Tap the “Create” button to start the end-to-end encrypted backup when you’ve finished setting everything up. Allow enough time for WhatsApp to make the switch to encrypted data backups.

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Return to Settings > Chats > Chat Backup > End-to-End Encrypted Backup > Turn off if you don’t want this option enabled.

It doesn’t matter that WhatsApp has adopted encrypted backups, your iPhone is still backing up all of your data to iCloud in the same unencrypted way. We recommend turning off iCloud backups entirely for reasons of safety. Take a look at your profile banner in Settings and touch it. Go to “iCloud” and turn off the “iCloud Backup” option.