The latest beta version of WhatsApp for Android has given us an interesting new look into the future of the app. The latest release shows that development continues with an important feature that we know will be at work for a short time.
The ability to back up messages and the media files attached to them is something that will ultimately be available to all WhatsApp users. For the time being, the feature that allows backup to Google Drive with end-to-end encryption is being finalized.
The use of end-to-end encryption in backups is important for WhatsApp users who are accustomed to the security and peace of mind provided by the application with an end-to-end encrypted message. Committing to Google Drive makes sense Android user because they are linked to a Google Account that includes 25GB of free cloud storage.
Given that most people who back up in this way want to take advantage of end-to-end encryption, the update to the backup interface now makes it very clear when this security feature is enabled. For anyone worried about their sensitive messages, it’s easy to check that the encryption is in place without having to dig too deep into the settings.
Safe and good
When the feature finally sees the light of day – and it’s hard to say when it may be, because testing new options can be a long process – it makes life easier for people moving between devices because it’s much easier to restore messages to a new phone while maintaining communication security and privacy.
While there are signs of continued development of end-to-end encrypted backups in the latest beta of the Android app, it’s not yet working. Check out WhatsApp Beta if you want to follow things more closely, and maybe participate in testing.