WhatsApp reveals a new, long-awaited feature.
For Android users, the joy did not last long, the feature was quickly deactivated again.
Munich - As part of a beta test, WhatsApp has revealed a new function that many users have been wanting for a long time.
The focus here is on the end-to-end encryption of backups.
For test persons with Android devices, however, the joy was short-lived.
WhatsApp: New function should better protect backup data
, Android users were able to try out the planned feature for the first time in the new test version. The testers were able to create backups of their chats, which were stored encrypted in a connected cloud service. Access to this data is therefore only possible with a password created by the user or with a 64-digit code. According to
the corresponding password nor the code would be saved in the cell phone itself
The new feature is intended to ensure that the stored data cannot simply be decrypted if the cell phone is lost or in the event of a hack.
However, the user must also keep his password in mind.
If he forgets this, WhatsApp cannot help him.
To the surprise of many, however, the useful function has already been deactivated again in the latest beta test.
WhatsApp: Renewed chaos should be avoided
In order to provide the beta version for iOS users, the function was also reactivated for Android devices, so that the testers can now freely access the feature again.
According to WhatsApp, the initial activation of the test version should have been an accident, from now on the function should remain available.
The new feature is still reserved for selected test persons only, a time when it will be made available to the general public is not yet known.
After the big wave of disturbances of the past few weeks, the intelligence service will hope that the chaos surrounding the new function will be limited for the time being.