E2EE doesn't protect data at rest. Unlike Signal, WhatsApp doesn't encrypt internal message database. A forensic analysis can decrypt deleted messages if Data Encryption Keys which encrypt user's and application data are compromised. It seems to be impractical but that's what spyware agencies are doing now.
According to this research paper: Data Security on Mobile Devices: Current State of the Art, Open Problems, and Proposed Solutions (pdf) which is also covered by WIRED: How Law Enforcement Gets Around Your Smartphone's Encryption talks about design flaw in data encryption of android and iOS. One of its author has briefly explained it for iOS, although the method of exploitation is same for android as well.
Android and iOS keep data encryption keys in memory once a user unlocks its device first time since last reboot. This is called After First Unlock (AFU) state. Keys remain in memory even if the device is relocked again. This is intended this way to maintain user experience and to keep user focused app functional at locked screen which include messaging apps, contacts, songs, notes, reminders, etc. Most of the time your device remains in AFU state. If you reboot your device but don't unlock it yet, your device state is in Before First Unlock (BFU) state. In BFU state, user and app data are still encrypted. To decrypt them, your device prompts to unlock screen using your screen lock password which is then fed to key derivation to derive a Key Encryption Key that decrypts data encryption keys. This is why biometric to unlock screen doesn't work first time after reboot.
Once data encryption keys are extracted from memory physically that is directly tampering with SoC without disconnecting the battery or by using zero day exploits, spyware agencies can decrypt subset of the data. Keys can be per-file basis but these are derived from data encryption keys which means even if a file has been deleted, its key can be re-derived and the deleted file itself can be recovered from NAND flash.
WhatsApp daily chat backup encrypts message database with
AES-GCM-256 key which is known to WhatsApp service (see How can WhatsApp restore local or Google Drive Backups?). Although, the chat backup is not possessed by WhatsApp service but Google Drive does if Google Drive backup is enabled which most users do. There you have no control of how it is used by spyware agencies.
Sending passwords through Signal is somewhat safer than WhatsApp but not entirely. Signal encrypts the message database with database encryption key which is itself encrypted with a key stored in Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) (android 7+). Its message database has page size of 4096 bytes and IV of each page is stored in page footer. Modifying an existing page such as by deleting a message changes the IV and the entire page is reencrypted using database encryption key. If the IV of that page has been changed and possibly overwritten by new IV, there's no way of recovering a deleted message.
Uninstalling Signal altogether also clears the key in TEE which makes its database encryption key undecryptable and so does its data. But the above design flaw also affects Signal's existing messages. As database encryption key must be in memory to service messages at locked screen, it can be extracted. That's how FBI might be Hacking Into Private Signal Messages On A Locked iPhone.
Also, apps with accessibility permission can see the content on your screen which is the easiest way to compromise messages if the app that you trust is actually malicious. Google and Apple are very strict about what apps on their app stores can have code to request this permission from the user.
As for private keys, I don't believe it should be even available to you for sharing.
Under what circumstances can I send Symmetric and /or Private key?If you are sending your private key, under any circumstances, then you are doing something wrong.