WhatsApp rolled out the end-to-end encrypted backup feature for Google Drive to protect the privacy of a user from unauthorized access. Now, the latest information revealed that the WhatsApp team is developing the same feature for the local storage backups on Android as well.
To be mentioned this feature is currently under beta testing and may arrive as a stable update with future versions of WhatsApp.
As per the information, this feature backs up the WhatsApp history on your Google drive that can be restored in the internal storage of smartphones when a user reinstalls the app.
However, there are many things that are still unclear such as, do the local backup runs in regular intervals, when will it come, will it release for iOS too, etc. For now, let’s see what is the end-to-end encryption backups.
(image source – WABetaInfo)
WhatsApp End-to-End Encrypted Backups:
The end-to-end encryption allows the users to set a security key consisting of numbers and lowercase from “a” to “f”. Only after entering this key, a user is able to access their backups from Google Drive. The only thing to remember is that, if a user forgot the security, WhatsApp won’t be able to help them to reset it, which is necessary to restore chat history.
Not a long ago, WhatsApp send the WhatsApp HD Photos options on iOS and Android devices. This feature offers three options- Auto, Best Quality, and Data Saver to decide the quality of an image that is being sent by the user.
These options can be found in WhatsApp Setting > Storage and Data > Media Upload Quality. However, as this is a beta rollout, so there is room for further changes, stay connected to get more news.
New WhatsApp Message Reporting feature rolling out for iOS and Android
WhatsApp has just brought us the message reporting system, enabling the possibility to report a single message. It’ll be helpful in the situation where you can’t block a user or exit any group after finding insolent messages.
At present, WhatsApp only allows a user to report an individual contact or group. There is no option is available for message reporting. However, it can be problematic if a user mistakenly reported contact or group as it can’t be retrieved.
Now, the new feature will let a user report a single message if spotting any offensive content. in conversation. Furthermore, only the selected message will be forward on WhatsApp servers without acknowledging the other user. Besides, users can also block the other user whose message is being reported.
How to Verify:
To verify the message reporting feature, open any conversation from your contact list on the WhatsApp account. Now you have to select any received message. If the feature has been enabled on your device you will have an extra option to report a particular message.
WhatsApp has started to rollout the message reporting system for both platforms. You can check the feature by following the above-mentioned method if it has been enabled on your devices or not. Users can match
- 18.104.22.168 iOS beta version for Apple devices
- 22.214.171.124 Android beta version for other smartphones
Moreover, some users also received this feature with the previous updates. In case you haven’t received it yet please wait for the next update, WhatsApp will soon send this new feature on your devices.
Now, it’s time to check the screenshots of the feature for a better understanding-
(WhatsApp Message Reporting for iOS, Image From WABetaInfo) (WhatsApp Message Reporting for Android, Image From WABetaInfo)
Decorate WhatsApp group profile with the new icon editor feature
WhatsApp has recently introduced new modifications in drawing tools, editing sections, contact card layout, group info modification, and more. Now, WhatsApp is sending a new tool that will give you the possibility to customized group profiles.
In the era of instant messaging, we all have many groups where we add contacts from the same fields such as a group for school friends, college friends, coaching group, family group, office group, etc. Sometimes, we don’t have suitable profile images for the time being just after creating the group.
For further convenience, WhatsApp is adding a group icon editor so that you can add a temporary image profile. Let’s first take a look at the preview image.
(WhatsApp Group Icon Editor, Image From WABetaInfo)
The new option called “Emoji & Sticker” will allow to customizes group icons using WhatsApp emojis and stickers. It provides different backgrounds where you can place any emoji or sticker to make an icon for your temporary group.
After opening group info, click on the profile to edit it, if you see this new “Emoji and Sticker” option, you are able to use it. It’ll also have the categorization bar (same as the message section), so you can easily find suitable emojis instantly.
The WhatsApp beta for iOS 126.96.36.199 brings this new feature. At present, it’s only rolling out for the iOS beta testers while it’ll soon roll out for the Android users. Besides, this feature can take up to a day to enable in your device. So you can try to wait 24 hours in case you just updated to the newest version and didn’t find this feature.
WhatsApp excludes the Messenger Rooms shortcut
WhatsApp has recently removed the messenger rooms shortcut available in the attachment section. The Android and iOS users will not able to access this option and conduct any communication within messenger rooms.
This feature was enabled about a year ago for WhatsApp Andoird, iOS, Web users that allows up to 50 participants to join a group video call on Facebook. If you are wondering about the chat rooms let’s start from the initial and check what the messenger room is.
What is Messenger Rooms Shortcut:
Messenger Room Shortcuts is a feature initially created by Messenger that is owned by Facebook. It’s a type of video chat room that lets you can connect with more people by sharing a link. Corresponding to the different settings, other users need not downloading Messenger, log in, or connect on Messenger to join your call.
It means users with no Facebook account can also join a video chat on messenger rooms. Users can share the room link on WhatsApp to invite their friends, family, or colleagues. However, any WhatsApp user can forward the link to other users who aren’t on your contact list. furthermore, the chat room isn’t end-to-end encrypted.
(WhatsApp Messanger Room Shortcut removed, Image from WABetaInfo)
Why WhatsApp has Removed it:
After sending any feature, WhatsApp keeps checking on it frequently to find the priority of any particular feature. If any of them isn’t used by the users or don’t have any major use, it’s best to discard them to reduces the code complexity.
There could be one more possibility that is, WhatsApp may want to further enhance the feature and providing it with more security options as I already mentioned that chat rooms aren’t E2E encrypted. It may be for a while until the shortcut is completely ready for the users. However, WhatsApp hasn’t provided any official statement regarding this matter.
When it Will be Disabled:
If you are still using this shortcut, it means that WhatsApp hasn’t removed it from your device yet. The update isn’t rolled out in your region. But, it’ll soon exclude from your device after updating on
- 188.8.131.52 for the Android users
- 184.108.40.206 for the iOS users