Keep your chats private and secure with WhatsApp’s newest feature

Understanding Chat Lock's features and functionalities
Keep your chats private and secure with WhatsApp’s newest feature

Are you tired of your nosy friends or family members peeking into your private WhatsApp conversations? Good news! Meta, the parent company of WhatsApp, has announced a new feature called Chat Lock that allows users to secure select conversations in their inbox with a passcode, fingerprint, or Face ID authentication.

According to Meta‘s news page, locked conversations are removed from the regular chat list and hidden in a password-protected folder. This means that nobody can access these conversations without the correct authentication method. Even if someone manages to get a hold of your phone, they won’t be able to read your locked chats.

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But that’s not all. Notification previews for any locked chats don’t show the sender or message content, and any media shared in locked chats won’t be auto-saved to the phone’s photo library. This adds an extra layer of privacy and ensures that your conversations and media remain completely private.

To lock a one-to-one or group chat, simply tap the name at the top of the conversation to reveal the thread’s settings menu, where there is a new Lock option.

To later reveal locked chats, slowly pull down on WhatsApp’s main conversations list, and you’ll be prompted for authentication before the locked chats folder can be opened. This ensures that only you can access your locked conversations.

The Chat Lock feature is coming to the latest version of WhatsApp for iOS on the App Store and is rolling out to all users on both iPhone and Android in the coming days. So if you haven’t seen the feature yet, don’t worry, it will be available very soon.

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