Wednesday, December 6, 2023

WhatsApp Adds Proxy Support For Users to Help Bypass Internet Restrictions

WhatsApp Proxy support is now available to all WhatsApp users worldwide, giving them the ability to continue using the app even if their connection is banned or otherwise disrupted.

“We’re launching proxy support for WhatsApp users all over the world. We’re putting the power into people’s hands to maintain access to WhatsApp if their connection is blocked or disrupted”, says WhatsApp

All users of the latest releases of the WhatsApp iOS and Android applications can use the new proxy support feature.

Proxy Maintains a High Level of Privacy and Security

By choosing a proxy, users can connect to WhatsApp through servers set up by volunteers and organizations dedicated to promoting free communication throughout the world.

According to WhatsApp, using a proxy connection maintains the app’s privacy and security settings, and end-to-end encryption will continue to secure private conversations.

Also, the messages will not be visible to anyone in between, not the proxy servers, WhatsApp or Meta.

“Connecting via proxy maintains the high level of privacy and security that WhatsApp provides. Your personal messages and calls will still be protected by end-to-end encryption”, WhatsApp.

“Only use a proxy if you’re unable to connect to WhatsApp. Your IP address may be visible to the proxy provider, which is not WhatsApp,” a warning given while setting up the proxy.

WhatsApp proxy settings
WhatsApp proxy settings

For users of the most recent version of the app, the new option is available in the settings menu. You must input a proxy address after turning on the “Use Proxy” option under “Storage and Data” in the WhatsApp settings in order to connect using a proxy on Android and iOS.

Anyone can set up their own proxies by following the instructions provided here to assist relatives and friends in remaining connected even when their connection is interrupted or blocked.

“Our wish for 2023 is that these internet shutdowns never occur,” WhatsApp wrote in a blog post.

“Disruptions, like we’ve seen in Iran for months on end, deny people’s human rights and cut people off from receiving urgent help. Though in case these shutdowns continue, we hope this solution helps people wherever there is a need for secure and reliable communication.”

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