These changes are not available yet, not even on the beta version of the app, and as of now, they have only been spotted on iOS, although they should make their way to Android. WhatsApp is likely pushing its encryption capabilities into the public view for a number of reasons. The most important one probably is that Meta doesn’t really have the best reputation regarding security and privacy, and that carries over to WhatsApp — something that’s definitely not made better by the service’s attempts to become more invasive via changes to its terms of service. Then, we also have the fact that alternatives like Telegram and Signal are generally perceived as more secure, so this is basically WhatsApp’s way of saying “hey, I’m encrypted too, pay attention to me” to users considering a switch.
End-to-end encryption has been a feature of WhatsApp since 2016, and it has been a standard feature since then. Meta (I still can’t get used to that name) has made a point of advertising WhatsApp as a secure messaging platform, and this latest update adds even more reminders to the app that, yes, WhatsApp does have end-to-end encryption. New indicators are coming to a future edition of the app, according to WABetaInfo. In the Status, Calls, and Chats sections, we’ll see a bottom footer stating that everything in the app is end-to-end encrypted. Text messages, images, videos, statuses, calls, video calls, and, more recently, backups are all ciphered on the sender’s end and decrypted on the receiver’s end on WhatsApp. If a message is intercepted by a third party.