WhatsApp has rolled out a new privacy-focused feature, dubbed Chat Lock, which hides your most intimate chats behind an additional layer of security. Once you have enabled the feature for a particular chat thread, it will be removed from the regular onscreen inbox and placed in a new folder accessible only with password or biometrics like a fingerprint. The feature is rolling out for both Android and iOS.
To enable Chat Lock for a chat thread, you need to follow these steps:
Head to a particular user’s chat and click on their name to open account details.
Scroll down and tap on the Chat Lock feature, appearing right after the Disappearing Messages option.
Now, enable the toggle for “Lock this chat,” and confirm with your fingerprint/password/Face ID to lock the conversation thread.
This Chat Lock feature enhances the security of private conversations and promotes data privacy.The ability to lock chats is rolling out to both Android and iOS users globally. It can be seen in the latest update of WhatsApp available on the Google Play Store and App Store.
Meta is planning to add more Chat Lock options in next few months, including locking for companion devices and creating a custom password for the chats, which can be different from the one they use on a daily basis for their smartphone.