WhatsApp, a Meta-owned messaging app, has enhanced its chat privacy features by introducing a secret code option for locked chats. This feature complements the existing ability to lock individual chats using fingerprint or facial recognition. With this new functionality, users can hide locked conversations from the main screen and set up a secret code for quick access. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to lock WhatsApp chats and establish a secret code:

Locking WhatsApp Chats

  1. Open the WhatsApp app and long-press the desired conversation.
  2. Tap the three-dot menu on the top right and select ‘Lock chat.’
  3. Authenticate using fingerprint or facial recognition.

The locked conversation can now be accessed by swiping up on the ‘Chats’ tab and selecting ‘Locked chats.’

Setting Up a Secret Code

  1. Navigate to the ‘Locked Chats’ window.
  2. Tap on the ‘Secret code’ option.
  3. Create a secret code, which can be an emoji or a word with a minimum of four characters.
  4. Press ‘Ok’ to confirm.

The established secret code serves as an alternative method to unlock the ‘Locked Chats’ section, especially if fingerprint or facial recognition options are unavailable. Additionally, activating the ‘Hide locked chats’ toggle in Chat lock settings conceals the conversation from the chat list. To reveal hidden chats, users need to enter the secret code in the search bar.

WhatsApp’s continual efforts to enhance user privacy and security align with the evolving demands of its global user base. The addition of a secret code feature provides users with greater flexibility and options to safeguard their sensitive conversations within the app.