WhatsApp has a pesky way to help you remember your cloud backup’s password

What you need to know

  • WhatsApp is rolling out a new feature that ensures you don’t forget the password you’ve set for your end-to-end encrypted backups.
  • The prompt will appear as a reminder every now and then when you open the messaging app.
  • It is said to be gradually rolling out to all users after installing the latest version of the app.

WhatsApp is apparently rolling out an annoying feature that’s meant to ensure you always remember the password you’ve created for your Google Drive or iCloud backup.

According to WABetaInfothe feature is available to a few users for the time being, and is slowly rolling out to everyone. It is essentially similar to an existing popup that asks you to confirm your 6-digit PIN for two-step verification.

After updating to the latest version of the app, you may see a prompt asking you to enter the 64-digit key or password. Otherwise, you won’t be able to access WhatsApp unless you disable encrypted backups.

WhatsApp backup password reminder

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WhatsApp launched end-to-end encrypted backups with Google Drive and iCloud two years ago to help protect your chats from third-party prying eyes. The security feature plugged a major loophole that many governments had exploited to gain access to private messages between individuals.

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