How WhatsApp encryption will affect you ?


Nobody (not even WhatsApp) will be
able to access your messages. If you lose your phone, WhatsApp doesn’t store
your messages on their servers.


Your calls, photos and videos are
free from prying eyes. This means that while no-one can see your messages, you
should still be aware that malicious third party apps that can record audio and
screen shots can lift your data from your phone.
WhatsApp has enabled a security
setting which allows you to receive notifications when a contact’s security
code has changed, but it’s turned off by default.


You can still move your account to a
new phone or new number, but for a number, you have to ensure that it’s changed
on your old phone.


Because of the new policy, backups
of your messages will be directed to your Google Drive account over Wi-Fi by
default. You can also manually backup your data.

Sharing chats

You can still send chats via email
and but be aware that the emailed chat is saved in plain text, making it
vulnerable to criminals. 

Photos and video

Despite the encryption, WhatsApp
images and video will still show up in your phone’s galleries. You can hide
them on some phones by using the show/hide albums button. You can also use a
File Explorer and create a .nomedia file in the WhatsApp images folder on your
phone to hide them.
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