End-to-End Encryption on Messenger: Meta Explains

| Updated on 2 April 2024
Messenger End to End Encryption

End-to-end encryption by default on Messenger is something that Meta has promised a few months back. The company has been implementing this over the past few months and shared an update on its progress. 

The company has been working on making end-to-end encryption the default standard for its messaging apps since 2019. It was part of a bigger plan for interoperability of various messaging apps. 

Now, Meta is continuing the effort to make the end-to-end encryption default standard for Messenger. 

According to a blog shared by Meta, “We are rolling out end-to-end encryption on Messenger now, and all of your personal messages will become encrypted by default. During the roll-out process, you may notice that some chats become end-to-end encrypted before others – this is to be expected. You’ll notice chats that become end-to-end encrypted will say “messages and calls protected with end-to-end encryption.”

Once your chats are end-to-end encrypted by default, they’ll always be secure. 

This also changes how your messages are stored and accessed. Meta states that with secure storage, the chats can be saved locally on the user’s device or on Meta’s servers in secure mode, protecting them from unauthorized access. 

Through this Meta plans to give users more privacy and security over their data. In recent years, a broader push towards control and security aligns perfectly with Meta’s plans to implement this across all of its apps. 

Over the coming months, all Messenger chats will be encrypted by default. It’s a big shift for a company like Meta and has taken years to reach this stage. 

Gaurav Pal

Tech Journalist

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