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How To Lock Chats On WhatsApp: A Comprehensive Guide On The New Update

Learn how to use WhatsApp’s new Chat Lock feature, providing enhanced privacy for your conversations. Follow our step-by-step guide to lock and access your chats.



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WhatsApp, the popular messaging app owned by Meta, has recently unveiled a game-changing feature that aims to enhance user privacy – the Chat Lock feature.

This feature allows users to secure their private conversations in a password-protected folder, making them invisible to prying eyes.

“New locked chats in WhatsApp make your conversations more private,” said Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive of Meta, the parent company of WhatsApp, during an Instagram broadcast.

The locked chats are hidden within a secure folder and even notifications won’t reveal the sender’s identity or the content of the messages. This innovative feature could be a boon for those who occasionally share their phones with family members or find themselves in situations where others might glance at incoming messages.

“They’re hidden in a password-protected folder and notifications won’t show sender or message content,” Zuckerberg added.

WhatsApp has also assured its vast user base that it’s planning to roll out more features in the future and expand on the functionality of Chat Lock over the upcoming months.

How to Lock a Chat on WhatsApp

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to leverage this new feature:

  1. Launch WhatsApp and tap on the name of the person or group chat you wish to lock.
  2. Look for the “Chat Lock” option, which should be found under the “Disappearing Messages” option.
  3. Choose a passcode or set up a biometric lock (like a fingerprint) to secure the chat.
  4. Once locked, the conversation will be moved to a separate “Locked Chats” folder.
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How to Access Locked Chats on WhatsApp

Once a chat is locked, accessing it is a breeze with these easy steps:

  1. In the chats inbox, gently pull down to reveal the “Locked Chats” folder.
  2. Provide the previously set passcode or verify your fingerprint to unlock the chat.
  3. Once unlocked, the chats will appear as normal.
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The introduction of the Chat Lock feature aligns with WhatsApp’s continued commitment to user privacy and security. It’s a significant step forward in empowering users with more control over their conversations.

While it’s already a powerful feature, the upcoming enhancements to Chat Lock make it an exciting time to be a WhatsApp user. So stay tuned and keep exploring new updates and features on the app!

“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,” reads a blog post from Meta.

This guide should help you master the new Chat Lock feature on WhatsApp. If you have any questions or need further help, don’t hesitate to reach out to us!

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