Chat Lock Feature for More Private Conversations
WhatsApp is rolling out a new Chat Lock feature that allows users to secure select conversations in their inbox behind a passcode, fingerprint, or Face ID authentication, parent company Meta has announced.
“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,” said Meta.
To lock a one-to-one or group chat, tap the name at the top of the conversation to reveal the thread’s settings menu, where there is a new Lock option. To later reveal locked chats, slowly pull down on WhatsApp’s main conversations list, and you’ll be prompted for authentication before the locked chats folder can be opened.