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WhatsApp’s encrypted chat backups are inching closer to launch


WhatsApp is working on a new feature that would encrypt chat backups on Google Drive. Last week, reports detailed that such a feature was in development. Today, we have more information in this regard.

WABetaInfo reports that the Facebook-owned messaging app has moved a step ahead in developing this feature on Android. The blog site reports that WhatsApp is working on the process to restore the password and to view a user’s 64-digit encryption key.

As per the screenshot shared by the blog site, WhatsApp will ask users to share the password that they created while encrypting their backups. In the following screenshot, WhatsApp asks users to share their encryption key. The same screen also shows a 64-digit encryption key.

It is worth mentioning that this feature is still under development and there is no word on when it will arrive in the messaging app.

Apart from this, WhatsApp is also changing colour of profile icons. Earlier, profile icons featured a grey background. Now, the company is adding a hint of blue to the profile background. The colour of the character, however, remains the same. This change is available to those who are using WhatsApp beta for Android version 2.21.11.5.


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