WhatsApp: so you can protect your backups with a password on iPhone and Android

The latest feature of the messaging app makes it possible to encrypt the backups that are stored in iCloud and Google Drive.

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WhatsApp: so you can protect your backups with a password on iPhone and Android

Although all the conversations of the application are currently protected by the said security protocol, this measure did not extend to the backup made in the aforementioned cloud services, therefore it represented a potential danger for user information.

However, in the latest beta version of WhatsApp for iOS and Android devices, the company has finally begun to incorporate encrypted backups, an update that will help prevent third parties from accessing the chat history without authorization.

Whatsapp Lock Feature

How to activate encryption for WhatsApp backups?

To access this feature, you have two options: be a member of the WhatsApp beta program (available for iOS and Android users) or download the APK with the latest beta update (available for Android). In either case, follow these steps to enable it:

  1. Enter the WhatsApp application from your smartphone.
  2. Press the three-dot icon ⋯ to display the main menu.
  3. Click on Settings.
  4. Go to the Chats section > Backup.
  5. Select the End-to-end encrypted backup option.
  6. Press the Activate button.
  7. Create a password (it will be necessary to restore the backup).
  8. Tap the Create button to encrypt your backup information.

From that moment on, the backup of your conversation history will be more protected, so you will have to enter the password you previously chose each time you restore your WhatsApp account to a new device.

This key is completely private and will not be shared with WhatsApp, Facebook, Google or Apple. It is for that reason that if you forget it and lose your phone, the company will not be able to help you recover the backup of your chats.

How to access the hidden functions of WhatsApp?

Did you know that there is a method to access hidden WhatsApp features before they are officially released to the general public? It is very simple and all you have to do is participate in the beta program of the application.

The first step is to sign up for the WhatsApp beta tester community. If you are an Android user, you can do it from the Google Play website, by clicking on the “Become a tester” button. Once done, the word Beta will appear next to the app in the app store.

On iOS, the TestFlight app will need to be installed. Upon entering it, press the ‘Continue’ button and then read the terms and conditions. The beta invitation link will appear, there select the option ‘Start testing’. Finally, this will take you to a section to install the trial version of WhatsApp.

How to convert WhatsApp audios into text messages

Thousands of users have been surprised to learn that there is a secret method that allows us to convert the audios they send us to WhatsApp into text messages. This great trick can be of great help to us when we are in class or in a work meeting and we cannot reproduce the voice notes that come to us.

For those users who want to know the content of voice messages without having to listen to them. We explain the incredible trick that you must apply to transcribe to text what they have sent us to WhatsApp in a simple and free way.

How to create a chat with yourself

The trick is to use the groups of WhatsApp. To do this, enter the application and click on the three-dot icon to open the options menu. Here select “New Group” to create one, add a trusted contact and finally choose a name for the chat.

When it is successfully created the group of WhatsApp, only sufficient to eliminate the contact you previously added. Ready, now there will be a chat where the only participant will be you and which you can use to send messages to yourself.

See the statuses without your contacts knowing

Do you want to see any WhatsApp story without being discovered? In the application, there is a simple trick that will allow us to spy on the status of your friends or partner without them knowing and it works for both Android and iPhone.

Very few users know it, but to achieve it it will not be necessary to install any additional application, you just have to go to WhatsApp and then to Settings <Account <Privacy. There you disable the read receipt.

WhatsApp Web: how to use two accounts at the same time on the same laptop or PC?

Many users use WhatsApp every day to communicate with friends and co-workers. That is why many of them have two accounts; however, they do not know how to have both sessions open simultaneously and on the same PC. If you have this problem, we will show you how this simple trick works.

Unlike what happens on a mobile phone – where we are limited to opening a single account – on a computer it is possible to access two accounts simultaneously if we use a trick, although applying it requires a series of steps.

WhatsApp Web: so you can send self-destructing photos and videos from your PC

Unlike other WhatsApp Web tricks, this one does not need any Google Chrome extension, since we can find it natively on the same messaging platform. To activate it you have to follow these instructions:

  • Enter WhatsApp Web from the browser
  • Scan the QR code
  • Access the chat where you are going to send the photo or video that self-destructs
  • Press the clip icon and choose the Gallery option
  • Upload the photo or video you are going to send
  • In the preview that will appear, click on the number 1 in the right corner of the bar to write
  • Then, you will get a notice that will tell you that your photo or video will disappear from the chat after the recipient opens it
  • Click on “Ok” and you can send the photo.

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