WhatsApp It is still considered one of the most popular messengers around the world. Due to the large number of users, continuous development of the application's security features is essential. If they are already available, it is up to you to activate them.

WhatsApp recommends two important functions

The messenger has been working with end-to-end encryption for some time now. They are intended to help protect your chats even better. However, they are now also used for backups. Already in 2022, the team behind Messenger recommended via Twitter (now X) not only to use the backup function itself, but also to ensure that backups are properly protected.

“If you enable end-to-end encrypted backups, all your personal WhatsApp photos, videos, and more will be encrypted when stored in iCloud or Google Drive,” the tweet said. If you activate encryption, you can protect your backup in the cloud with a 64-digit key or your own password, WhatsApp explains in its help section.

Important: If you forget your password, you will no longer be able to access your backups.

End-to-end encryption for backups

If you want to create a secure backup on Android and iOS according to the service specifications, just follow a short guide:

  1. Open WhatsApp on your phone and go to “Settings”.
  2. Tap “Chats” and then “Chat Backup.”
  3. Last but not least, go to “End-to-End Encrypted Backup”.

From this point on, the messenger itself will guide you through activation, including assigning a secure password.

By Philipp Rall