WhatsApp introduces chat lock feature for private conversations, here's how to use
WhatsApp has recently introduced a new feature called Chat Lock for users to make their intimate conversations even more private. The Meta-owned group enables its users to lock individual chats to enhance the security of their messages and protect their privacy.
If you don’t want someone to peep into the chat of a particular person then you can enable the Chat Lock feature as it allows an individual to lock that person’s chat with a password or biometric authentication.
The Chat Lock feature lets you protect your most intimate conversations with a password and secures them in a separate folder. When someone messages you and you have that chat locked, the sender’s name and the content of the message will also be hidden.
Along with this, when a WhatsApp chat is locked, that conversation thread is taken out of a user’s inbox, and put behind a folder of its own. It also automatically hides the contents of that chat in notifications.
As per Meta, the ability to lock a chat will be greatly beneficial for users who share their phones with family members from time to time.
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How to enable WhatsApp Chat Lock feature?
- Open WhatsApp on your Android or iOS smartphone and upgrade it to the latest version.
- Click on that particular chat you want to lock in WhatsApp.
- Select the contact or group by clicking on their profile photo.
- You will see a Chat Lock option just below the message menu.
- Set up Chat Lock, then use your phone’s password or biometrics to log in.
How to access locked chats on WhatsApp?
- Open WhatsApp and navigate to your home page to view encrypted chat.
- Swipe down to access all locked chats.
- Select the locked chat by tapping on it.
- Unlock the chat by entering your phone’s password or biometric data.
As per Meta, more options will be added to Chat Lock in the coming months, including locks for companion devices, as well as custom passwords for chats, so that a person can use a password different from that of their phone to unlock a conversation.
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