WhatsApp Launches Chat Lock Feature

WhatsApp Chat Lock
WhatsApp Chat Lock

WhatsApp Chat Lock a new feature launches by META over more user privacy.

Now, with WhatsApp a “Chat Lock” feature that gives users more control over their privacy. With the option of using a fingerprint or PIN, Chat Lock safeguards conversations and ensures that only the user has access to them.

The company started developing the feature last month and started rolling out to some Android users running as WhatsApp beta.

“We’re excited to bring a new feature called Chat Lock, which lets you protect your most intimate conversations behind one more layer of security, said in the WhatsApp blog.

Locking a chat takes that thread out of the inbox and puts it behind its folder that can only be accessed with your device password or biometric, like a fingerprint. It automatically hides the contents of that chat in notifications too, WhatsApp added.

WhatsApp Chatlock Feature
WhatsApp Chatlock Feature

How To Use WhatsApp Chat Lock?

Tap Chat Info > Tap Chat Lock

The user can lock chat with Face ID or Fingerprint

The locked chat will see in the locked chats folder

This feature will be great for people who have reason to share their phones from time to time with a family member or those moments when someone else is holding your phone at the exact moment an extra special chat arrives. You can lock a chat by tapping the name of a one-to-one or group and selecting the lock option. Slowly pull down on your inbox to reveal these chats and enter your phone password or biometric.

Coming Next

Over the next few months, Meta will add more options for Chat Lock, including locking for companion devices and creating a custom password for your chats so that you can use a unique password different from the one you use for your phone.

There is always a question on WhatsApp about privacy issues. Last week a Twitter engineer raised a question, and said that WhatsApp is using the microphone while you are asleep. You can read the full detail here.

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