Handing over your unlocked phone to someone can be a tense experience. Will they respect your privacy or stumble upon those embarrassing messages you’d rather keep hidden? While many messaging apps leave you hanging, with its brand-new feature, aptly named “Chat Lock,” you can now lock away specific chats and shield them from prying eyes.
In an exciting announcement on May 15, WhatsApp unveiled its latest game-changer. Chat Lock does exactly what it says, it simply hides your desired chat from prying individuals. But wait, there’s more! It also blocks those sneaky notification previews for the locked chat. So, while you may need to occasionally check in on the conversation, you can rest easy knowing that no one will catch a glimpse of an embarrassing or compromising message.
Easy Steps to Lock Your Secrets on WhatsApp
- Open WhatsApp on your Android or iOS device.
- Tap on the chat you want to lock to enter the conversation.
- At the top of the screen, tap on the chat’s name or group name.
- Look for the “Chat lock” option and tap on it.
- You will be prompted to authenticate yourself to complete the lock. Use your fingerprint, face scan, or set a PIN as per your device’s authentication method.
- Once locked, the chat will be hidden from prying eyes and moved to the “Locked chats” folder.
- To access locked chats, go to the main screen and tap on the “Locked chats” folder.
- Authenticate yourself again to unlock and view the previously locked chats.
This feature in now being rolled out for both Android and iOS device users. Take a look at the gleaming new “Chat lock” option! When you tap it, prepare for the authentication process, which will serve as your secret key to future chat access. You can use your fingerprint, a face scan with Face ID, or even a plain old-fashioned PIN, depending on the capabilities of your phone. When you lock a chat, it gracefully travels to its new home—the “Locked chats” folder, which is hidden away in the main screen. Tap this folder whenever you want to access your concealed conversations, identify yourself, and voila! You now have access to the closed chats.
Now that you possess the power to protect your secrets, go ahead and embrace the added peace of mind that Chat Lock brings. Guard your WhatsApp chats like a seasoned secret agent and revel in the freedom to share and receive messages without the fear of compromising your privacy. Happy chatting, with an extra layer of security!