WhatsApp prepares to let you password protect your chat backup
Facebook-owned WhatsApp is undoubtedly the most popular messaging app in the world. It has over two billion users around the world and in order to keep its user base intact, the platform keeps adding new features with each successive update. Earlier this year in January, WhatsApp finally rolled out its dark theme in a beta version of the app and the company received regulatory approval for operating its payments feature in India. Now, according to a recent post from WABetaInfo, the latest beta release hints at an upcoming security feature to help you protect your chat backups.
The new feature was spotted in WhatsApp beta v. 2.20.66 and, as its name suggests, it will allow you to password-protect your backup on Google Drive. As seen in the attached screenshots, the feature appears in the Chat backup settings and lets you easily encrypt your chat backups with a password so that neither WhatsApp nor Google is able to view its contents.
It’s safe to assume that restoring an encrypted backup will require you to enter your password, without which you won’t be able to access your saved messages. As of now, the feature is in its alpha stage of development and WhatsApp might make some significant changes to it before it’s release. It’s also worth noting that the feature isn’t available on the latest beta release and WABetaInfo managed to enable it manually.