Testing End-to-End Encrypted Backups and More on Messenger

Takeaways:

People want to trust that their online conversations with friends and family are private and secure. We’re working hard to protect your personal messages and calls with end-to-end encryption by default on Messenger and Instagram. Today, we’re announcing our plans to test a new secure storage feature for backups of your end-to-end encrypted chats on Messenger, and more updates and tests to deliver the best experience on Messenger and Instagram.

Secure Storage: End-to-End Encrypted Backups on Messenger 

Your message history is important and end-to-end encrypted Messenger conversations are currently stored on your device. With that in mind, we’re testing secure storage to back up those messages in case you lose your phone or want to restore your message history on a new, supported device. As with end-to-end encrypted chats, secure storage means that we won’t have access to your messages, unless you choose to report them to us.

Secure storage will be the default way to protect the history of your end-to-end encrypted conversations on Messenger, and you’ll have multiple options for restoring your messages if you choose to do so. There will be two end-to-end encrypted options for accessing your backups: either create a PIN or generate a code, both of which you’ll need to save. You can also choose to restore your Messenger conversations via third-party cloud services. For example, for iOS devices you can use iCloud to store a secret key that allows access to your backups. While this method of protecting your key is secure, it is not protected by Messenger’s end-to-end encryption.

We’re starting to test secure storage this week on Android and iOS, but this feature isn’t yet available on www.messenger.com, Messenger for desktop or chats that aren’t end-to-end encrypted.

More Updates and Tests for Your End-to-End Encrypted Messages and Calls

Over the next few weeks, we’ll begin rolling out more tests and updates on our end-to-end encrypted chats, including:  

We will continue to provide updates as we make progress toward the global rollout of default end-to-end encryption for personal messages and calls in 2023. Learn more by visiting  our Privacy and Safety Hub or checking out your Privacy and Safety settings on Messenger and Instagram.

 

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