WhatsApp is used by millions of people all over the globe. In almost every country in the world, this Meta-owned messaging platform is used to communicate primarily, even in foreign languages. So, with all this much level of traffic, this instant messenger requires high-level privacy standards and for this WhatsApp keeps evolving periodically. With the recent development, a WhatsApp dedicated platform, WaBetaInfo, which tracks all its related developments, has revealed a new privacy feature being introduced soon. This new feature will allow users to lock chats and hide them from others who touch their phones.
WhatsApp to Soon Introduce a Privacy Feature to Lock Chats
“The feature was spotted in the latest WhatsApp beta for Android 22.214.171.124 update available on the Google Play Store. It will be rolled out to all users in a future update,” mentioned live mint.
As per reports, users will be able to lock the WhatsApp chats using the fingerprint or lock option. They can use a different set of passcodes or fingerprints for specific chats. “This will add a layer of security to WhatsApp chats, allowing users to keep sensitive information safe from others”.
“In particular, it will be possible to lock your most private chats right within the chat’s contact or group info,” says the platform.
Furthermore, once a chat is locked it can only be seen after the lock screen verification process. Users will have to enter a passcode or fingerprint to unlock the chat and enter the conversation. “In case, a user tries to access these locked chats and fails, he/she will be prompted to clear the chat to open it.”
“The feature will also help in keeping media private by ensuring that media files such as photos and videos sent in a locked chat are not automatically saved to the device’s gallery.”
“As mentioned before, the ability to lock chats is a feature under development. It will be released in a future update of the app.”
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Meanwhile, live mint mentions that “WhatsApp plans to enhance its disappearing message feature by adding 15 additional duration limits. As of now, WhatsApp only offers three options for disappearing messages, namely 24 hours, seven days, and 90 days. But the app will soon get more options. These new options will be accessible from the “More options” menu and will include durations ranging from one year to just one hour. This added flexibility will give users more control over their conversations and allow them to customize their disappearing message settings to fit their needs.”