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How to Enable Chat Lock on WhatsApp for More Secured Chats

These days, Meta is adding new features to WhatsApp Messenger. Recently, WhatsApp gained support for multiple devices. Today, WhatsApp announces another useful feature coming to the most popular chat messenger, the new feature is called Chat Lock. This feature allows you to enhance the security and safety of your most private conversations.

The WhatsApp Chat Lock feature is currently available to select users. The feature is in a rolling phase and will be available to everyone in the coming days. Here’s how you can activate Chat Lock on WhatsApp and make your chats more secure.

What is WhatsApp Chat Lock?

Chat Lock adds an additional layer of security to WhatsApp by allowing you to hide specific conversations from your inbox and store them in a secure folder called Locked Chats. Locked Chats can be accessed using your device’s passcode or other biometrics, such as fingerprint or Face ID. One of the best things about the new feature is, it also hides the content of messages in the notifications.

It is a useful feature for people who have a reason to share their phones with family members or friends. Locked Chats won’t appear on the WhatsApp home screen, you can make the hidden folder visible with the help of a swipe-down gesture on your phone.

The feature is available on all platforms including Android, iPhone, Web, and Desktop. As I said earlier, the feature is currently available to limited users. Make sure that you have installed the latest version of WhatsApp on your smartphone as well as on your desktop. If you are already on the latest version, you can follow the below steps to activate the WhatsApp Chat Lock feature.

How to Enable WhatsApp Chat Lock

You can easily activate the Chat Lock feature in WhatsApp. All you need to do is open the chat info for the thread which you want to make secure, then turn on the new feature. The feature works with both personal chats and groups. But before doing this make sure to set up authentication on your smartphone. If your phone is already secured with a passcode or Face ID or fingerprint, then you can follow these steps to turn on the chat lock on WhatsApp.

Note: Make sure to update WhatsApp to the latest version before moving ahead, here are the links for Android and iPhone.

How to Activate Chat Lock on WhatsApp

Steps for Android:

  1. Open WhatsApp on your Android smartphone.
  2. Tap the thread which you want to hide.
  3. Tap the Chat Info.
  4. Find the Chat Lock option.
  5. Tap Chat Lock.
  6. Turn the toggle on for Lock this chat with a fingerprint and confirm with your fingerprint.
  7. That’s it.

Steps for iPhone:

  1. Open WhatsApp on your iPhone.
  2. Select any thread.
  3. Tap Chat Info.
  4. Select Chat Lock option.
  5. Turn the toggle on for Lock this chat with Face ID and confirm your Face ID.
  6. That’s it.

How to View Locked Chats on WhatsApp

You can easily access or view locked chats on WhatsApp with a simple gesture. Here’s how you can access all your secured chats.

How to use Chat Lock on WhatsApp
  1. Open WhatsApp on your iPhone or Android smartphone.
  2. Swipe down in the Chats tab on WhatsApp.
  3. Tap on Locked Chats.
  4. Grant access with authentication methods like Face ID or Fingerprint.
  5. That’s it.

How to Turn off Chat Lock in WhatsApp

If you want to bring back the conversation to the chats tab, then you can easily turn off the new feature. You can follow these steps to turn off the WhatsApp Chat Lock feature.

How to turn off Chat Lock on WhatsApp
  1. Open WhatsApp.
  2. Go to the Locked Chats.
  3. Open the Chat which you want to remove from the Locked Chats.
  4. Tap Chat Info.
  5. Select Chat Lock option.
  6. Turn the toggle off for the Chat Lock.
  7. That’s it.

So, this is one of the easiest ways to activate and deactivate the new Chat Lock feature in WhatsApp.

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By Haneet Singh

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