One or the other user among you may have noticed that chat histories in WhatsApp could not be exported last year. Behind the whole thing was a patent dispute between Blackberry and Facebook, which led to the discontinuation of the export function in January 2020. Now the two companies have probably ended their legal battle, which is why the feature will return to the app in the coming days.
With the export, users can send their entire WhatsApp history including images, files and voice messages as a compact zip file to an email address. It is also still possible for all users to back up data in the cloud. The export function is currently only available in the beta version of WhatsApp. But it shouldn't take too long before the feature can be used again in the live version for iOS and Android. We'll keep you informed here.
In the past few weeks there has been criticism from time to time about WhatsApp, because all users have to accept the new terms and conditions by February 8, 2021 in order to continue using the Messenger app. Here, claims made the rounds that Facebook would get even more access to private data. This is particularly not the case in Europe. Due to the existing data protection laws of the EU, the terms and conditions have hardly changed compared to 2018. WhatsApp is currently working on another function with which the app can be used on several smartphones at the same time.
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