Meta ( formerly Facebook) has added a new feature to WhatsApp that allows users to lock specific chats using a password or biometric authentication. Additionally, these conversations will be stored in a separate folder and it also hides the name and the actual message in the notification, which can only be accessed post authentication.
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A new feature Chat Lock will remove a chat thread from the app’s regular on screen inbox and place it into a new folder that can only be opened by a password or biometric, such as facial recognition or a fingerprint.
Calling it “one more layer of security”, Meta – WhatsApp’s parent company – added Chat Lock to protect “your most intimate conversations” and hide notifications from them.
As part of its privacy package, Meta allows WhatsApp users to encrypt their backups, block the ability to screenshot and make their messages disappear automatically.
Mark Zuckerberg, Meta’s chief executive officer, confirmed the new feature in a Facebook post.
He said: “New locked chats in WhatsApp make your conversations more private. They’re hidden in a password protected folder and notifications won’t show sender or message content.”
How to enable chat lock on WhatsApp:
Download or update WhatsApp to the latest version on both Android and iOS devices.
Go to the specific chat that you would like to lock, Click on the profile picture, You will see a new option called “chat lock” right below the disappearing message menu
Enable chat lock and authenticate using your phone password or biometrics
How to access locked chats on WhatsApp:
Swipe down on the WhatsApp home page to access all the locked chats.