* WhatsApp chats can now be locked and hidden in a secure folder.
* The message contents of locked chats will also not be visible in notifications.
* Also, only you can lock and unlock these chats on WhatsApp.
* Chat Lock on WhatsApp lets you put a conversation in a folder that can only be accessed with your device’s password or biometric, like a fingerprint.
* Locking a chat automatically hides the details of the conversation in notifications.
WhatsApp announced today that it’s introducing a new “Chat Lock” feature that is designed to give users an additional layer of security for their most intimate conversations.
As its name suggests, the feature lets you lock a chat, which takes that thread out of the inbox and puts it behind its own folder that can only be accessed with your device password or biometric, like a fingerprint.
Once you lock a chat, the app will also automatically hide the contents of that chat in notifications.
You can lock a chat by tapping the name of a one-to-one or group and selecting the lock option. To reveal these chats, you have to slowly pull down on your inbox and enter your phone password or biometric.
We think 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 where someone else is holding your phone at the exact moment an extra special chat arrives,” the company wrote in a blog post.
The Meta-owned company says it plans to 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.
Although WhatsApp offers end-to-end encryption, that doesn’t apply when someone has unlocked access to your phone and can see your messages.
The new feature provides an extra layer of security in these instances.
The new feature comes a few weeks after WhatsApp added a few new updates around polls and sharing on its platform.
As part of these updates, you now have the option to create single-vote polls, which means you can run a poll where people are only allowed to vote once.
As for sharing, you can now forward media with captions.
WhatsApp has added a new privacy feature that is aimed at keeping your chats more secure. Announced by Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, WhatsApp’s ‘Chat Lock’ will let you keep your “intimate conversations” in a secure folder that only you can access.
WhatsApp will also hide the content of the locked chats in notifications. This feature was recently spotted in beta, and it has now started rolling out to all users on both Android and iOS.
How to lock chats on WhatsApp
The WhatsApp chat lock feature can be found in the chat info section.
* If there’s a particular chat that you want to lock then you open it, go to the info section, scroll down and click the ‘chat lock’ option.
* You will then get a prompt to lock the chat with your fingerprint. After this the chat will move to the secure folder in the app.
* Whenever you want to open the chat you can just tap on the folder, select your chat and unlock it with your fingerprint.
WhatsApp Chat Lock
This feature essentially creates a separate “locked chats” folder in your chat list similar to archived chats. Here, all chats that you decide to keep locked will be stored and won’t appear in your chat list. This locked chats folder can be opened only with your device password or biometric authentication (fingerprint). The contents of the messages won’t appear in your notifications either.
This feature has started rolling out to all users, so it should be available soon. WhatsApp also plans to add more options for this feature in the coming months. One of these is the ability to lock chats for companion devices and to create a custom password for your chats. This way you can use a unique password that is different from the one you use for your phone.
WhatsApp Chat Lock: Making Your Most Intimate Conversation Even More Private Says Meta
Our passion is to find new ways to help keep your messages private and secure. Today, we’re announcing Chat Lock on WhatsApp, which lets you protect your most intimate conversations behind one more layer of security.
Locking a chat takes that thread out of your inbox and puts it behind its own folder that can only be accessed with your device’s password or biometric, like a fingerprint. It also automatically hides the contents of that chat in notifications, too.
We believe this feature will be great for people who share their phones from time to time with a family member, or in moments where 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. To reveal these chats, slowly pull down on your inbox and enter your password or biometric.
Over the next few months, we’re going to be adding more options for Chat Lock, including locks for companion devices and creating a custom password for your chats so that you can use a unique password different from your phone’s.
We’re rolling out Chat Lock on people globally on WhatsApp beginning today.
1) What is WhatsApp Chat Lock? New feature will help you hide private conversations?
Ans) WhatsApp is introducing the new Chat Lock feature to help keep the messages of users ‘private and secure’. The new feature will keep the ‘intimate conversations’ of users behind an added layer of security.
Any new notifications related to these ‘locked chats’ will also be hidden and users will be required to enter their device password or biometric information such as fingerprint touch or facial recognition.
While announcing the new feature through a blog post, WhatsApp said, “We think 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 where someone else is holding your phone at the exact moment an extra special chat arrives.”
The instant messaging platform also released a video announcing the new feature and showing how it will work.
WhatsApp promises to add more options to Chat Lock in the coming months. New features will include the ability to lock chats on your companion devices and create a custom password for your locked chats that is different from your phone password. The new chat lock feature will be available on both iOS and Android.
2) How to use lock your Chats on WhatsApp?
Ans) 1) Tap on the name of the contact or group you want to lock
2) Click on the Chat Lock option under the Contact details page
3) Choose if you want to lock your chat using biometric details or your password.
4) Enter your phone password or biometric details and your personal conversations will be locked.
Earlier on May 3, WhatsApp had announced updates to its polls feature. The company now allows users to create single-vote polls, search for polls in their chats and receive notifications people vote on their polls. WhatsApp had also announced the ability to share images and documents with captions.
3) Chat Lock: A New Privacy Feature for WhatsApp Users.Details?
Ans) Chat Lock moves your messages from the regular inbox to a new folder that can only be opened with a password or biometric authentication, such as facial recognition or fingerprint authentication. This new feature is designed to protect users’ most intimate conversations and keep notifications from these chats hidden.
Mark Zuckerberg, Meta’s CEO, confirmed the new feature in a Facebook post, stating: “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.”
4) Chat Lock: Enhanced Privacy for WhatsApp Conversations. Details?
Ans) The introduction of this feature is part of Meta’s ongoing efforts to improve user privacy on WhatsApp. The messaging service already offers end-to-end encryption, the ability to encrypt backups, block screenshot capabilities, and the option to make messages disappear automatically.
Chat Lock lets users keep conversations secure, even if someone else gets hold of their phone. The feature disables previews in notifications and stops media in locked chats from automatically saving to the phone’s gallery.
5) WhatsApp and the Online Safety Bill Controversy.Details?
Ans) Chat Lock arrives as WhatsApp and other encrypted messaging services clash with the UK government’s Online Safety Bill. The bill aims to regulate internet content, enhance online safety. It also aims to empower media regulator Ofcom to require platforms to identify and remove child abuse content.
Along with other companies, Meta has criticized the Online Safety Bill, arguing that it could weaken end-to-end encryption. This security feature is crucial, as it prevents non-participants from viewing conversation content. Meta at one point said it would rather halt British users’ access than compromise their privacy.
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