WhatsApp is introducing global proxy support for its users, the company announced on Thursday. The support allows users to continue accessing WhatsApp when their connection is blocked or interrupted.
By choosing a proxy, users can connect to WhatsApp through servers set up by volunteers and organizations around the world committed to helping people communicate freely. WhatsApp claims that connecting via proxy provides the same level of privacy and security as the app, and personal messages are still protected by end-to-end encryption. The company says the messages are not visible to anyone, either to proxy servers, WhatsApp, or Meta.
We continue to fight for your right to communicate freely and privately.
Now, when connecting to WhatsApp directly is not possible, you can stay connected around the world through a server set up by volunteers and organizations dedicated to helping others communicate freely.
— WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) January 5, 2023
“Our wish for 2023 is that these Internet disruptions never happen,” – WhatsApp wrote in a blog post. “The disruptions we have seen for months in Iran violate human rights and cut people off from urgent assistance. Should these disruptions continue, we hope this solution will help people everywhere where there is a need for safe and reliable communication.”
The new option is available in the settings menu for all users using the latest version of the app. WhatsApp says that if you have access to the Internet, you can use social media or search engines to find trusted sources that have created a proxy. To connect to a proxy, tap “Storage and Data” in WhatsApp’s settings and select “Proxy.” Then tap “Usea proxy,” enter the proxy address and tap “Save” to connect.
If the connection is successful, you will see a checkmark. If you still can’t send or receive WhatsApp messages through the proxy, the proxy may be blocked. In that case, you can try again with a different proxy address. WhatsApp notes that when you use a third-party proxy, your IP address is passed on to the proxy provider.