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WhatsApp has launched a new privacy option to make your discussions more safe. WhatsApp Chat Lock, announced by Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, would allow you to save your “intimate conversations” in a protected folder that only you can view. In notifications, WhatsApp will also hide the content of restricted chats. This functionality was recently discovered in beta, and it is now being rolled out to all Android and iOS users.
Here’s how to use WhatsApp chat lock on iPhone and Android
The chat lock option is accessible via the chat details section. If you can’t see it, make sure your WhatsApp is up to date to Android version 22.214.171.124. The update has yet to reach iPhone users. If you have the newest version loaded on your Android device, follow these steps to enable the WhatsApp chat lock:
- If you want to lock a specific chat, open it, go to the info area, scroll down, and select the ‘chat lock’ option.
- You are going to be asked to use your fingerprint to lock the conversation. Following that, the chat will be moved to the app’s secure folder.
- To open the chat, simply press on the folder, choose your chat, and unlock it with your fingerprint.
These are the procedures for using WhatsApp chat lock. WhatsApp also intends to expand the number of possibilities for this functionality in the coming months. One of these is the ability to lock companion device chats and generate a custom password for your chats. This allows you to use a password that is distinct from the one you use for your phone.
What is WhatsApp Chat Lock?
This function, similar to archived chats, adds a distinct “locked chats” section to your chat list. All talks that you want to keep locked will be saved here and will not appear in your chat list. This password-protected chats folder can only be accessed with your device’s password or biometric authentication (fingerprint). The contents of the mails will also not appear in your notifications.