How To Disable End-To-End Encryption in WhatsApp

How To Disable End-To-End Encryption in WhatsApp

To Disable End-To-End Encryption in WhatsApp,

  • Open Settings.
  • Tap Chats > Chat Backup > End-to-end Encrypted Backup.
  • Tap Turn Off.
  • Enter your password.
  • Confirm you want to turn off encrypted backup by tapping Turn Off.

WhatsApp provides end-to-end encryption for all personal messages that you send and receive. This ensures that only you and the person you’re talking to can read or listen to them. With end-to-end encrypted backup, you can add that same layer of protection to your iCloud and Google Drive backups.

Turn on end-to-end encrypted backup

  • Open Settings.
  • Tap Chats > Chat Backup > End-to-end Encrypted Backup.
  • Tap Turn On, then follow the prompts to create a password or key.
  • Tap Create, and wait for WhatsApp to prepare your end-to-end encrypted backup. You might need to connect to a power source.
Note: You can’t restore your backup if you lose your WhatsApp chats and forget your password or key. WhatsApp can’t reset your password or restore your backup for you.

Personal messaging

WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption is used when you chat with another person using WhatsApp Messenger. End-to-end encryption ensures only you and the person you’re communicating with can read or listen to what is sent, and nobody in between, not even WhatsApp. This is because with end-to-end encryption, your messages are secured with a lock, and only the recipient and you have the special key needed to unlock and read them. All of this happens automatically: no need to turn on any special settings to secure your messages.

Business messaging

Every WhatsApp message is protected by the same Signal encryption protocol that secures messages before they leave your device. When you message a WhatsApp business account, your message is delivered securely to the destination chosen by the business.
WhatsApp considers chats with businesses that use the WhatsApp Business app or manage and store customer messages themselves to be end-to-end encrypted. Once the message is received, it will be subject to the business’s own privacy practices. The business may designate a number of employees, or even other vendors, to process and respond to the message.
Some businesses will be able to choose WhatsApp’s parent company, Meta, to securely store messages and respond to customers. While Meta will not automatically use your messages to inform the ads that you see, businesses will be able to use chats they receive for their own marketing purposes, which may include advertising on Meta. You can always contact that business to learn more about its privacy practices.


Payments on WhatsApp, which are available in select countries, enable transfers between accounts at financial institutions. Card and bank numbers are stored encrypted and in a highly-secured network. However, because financial institutions can’t process transactions without receiving information related to these payments, these payments aren’t end-to-end encrypted.

What’s the “Verify Security Code” screen in the contact info screen?

End-to-end encrypted chats between you and one other person have their own security code. This code is used to verify that the calls and the messages you send to that chat are end-to-end encrypted.
Note: The verification process is optional for end-to-end encrypted chats, and only used to confirm that the messages and calls you send are end-to-end encrypted.
This code can be found in the contact info screen, both as a QR code and a 60-digit number. These codes are unique to each individual chat and can be compared between people in each chat to verify that the messages you send to the chat are end-to-end encrypted. Security codes are just visible versions of the special keys shared between you – and don’t worry, it’s not the actual keys themselves, they’re always kept secret. When you verify a chat is end-to-end encrypted, this also verifies that you and your contact’s lists of linked devices are up to date.

To verify that an individual chat is end-to-end encrypted:

  • Open the chat.
  • Tap the contact’s name to open Contact Info.
  • Tap Encryption to view the QR code and 60-digit number.
If you and your contact are physically next to each other, one of you can scan the other’s QR code or visually compare the 60-digit number. If you scan the QR code, and the code is indeed the same, a green check mark will appear. Since they match, you can be sure no one is intercepting your messages or calls.
If you and your contact aren’t physically near each other, you can send them the 60-digit number using another platform. Let your contact know that once they receive your code, they should write it down and then visually compare it to the 60-digit number that appears in the contact info screen under Encryption. For Android and iPhone, you can use the Share button from the Verify Security Code screen to send the 60-digit number via SMS, email, etc.

If the codes don’t match, it’s possible you’re scanning the code of a different contact or a different phone number. If your contact has recently reinstalled WhatsApp, changed phones, or added or removed a paired device, we recommend you refresh the code by sending them a new message and then scanning the code.

Please note, if you or your contact use WhatsApp on multiple devices, you’ll need to verify the security code on all of your and your contact’s devices.

To view the automatic verification status of your end-to-end encrypted chat:

  • Open the chat.
  • Tap the contact’s name to open Contact Info.
  • Tap Encryption to view the updated automatic verification notice, QR code and 60-digit number for manual verification.

Security is essential to the service WhatsApp provides. We’ve seen multiple examples where criminal hackers illegally obtained vast sums of private data and abused technology to hurt people with their stolen information. Since completing the implementation of end-to-end encryption in 2016, digital security has become even more important.