For those that value privacy over everything else, WhatsApp offers features like two-factor authentication and end-to-end encryption to ensure that no one gains unauthorised access to your personal conversations. However, these features alone aren’t enough to keep prying eyes away from your phone. If you don’t like people looking at your phone when you’re going through WhatsApp, you can always secure your personal conversations in a hidden folder. In this article, we show you how to lock a chat on WhatsApp.
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Here’s how you can lock your personal WhatsApp chats
Step 1: Launch WhatsApp on your smartphone and select the conversation you want to lock.
Step 2: Tap the name of the contact.
Step 3: Scroll down and select Chat Lock.
Step 4: Switch on the toggle bar for ‘Lock this chat with fingerprint’ or ‘Lock this chat with Face ID’.
Step 5: Confirm your fingerprint.
Step 6: To access your locked chats, simply scroll up to the top of the chat list and swipe down once to reveal the locked chats section.
Step 7: If your phone has an under-display fingerprint scanner, tap on locked chats and scan your fingerprint. If your phone has an external fingerprint scanner (lock screen button or back panel scanner), you don’t need to tap on the locked chats section to unlock it. Simply scan your fingerprint and the chat will be unlocked.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How do I lock a chat on WhatsApp?
To secure a WhatsApp chat with your fingerprint, simply open the chat, tap the contacts name, select ‘Chat lock’ and switch on the toggle bar.
Where do I find my locked WhatsApp chats?
All the locked chats can be accessed by scrolling all the way to the top of the chat list and then swiping down once. The locked chats folder is placed right above the Archived section.
Will I get notifications for a locked conversation?
Yes, you will get notifications for new messages from a chat that is locked. However, you will not be able to read the contents of the message until you unlock the chat.
This is how you can lock a chat on WhatsApp. While two-factor authentication is a great way to keep all your chats secured, chat lock works best for individual chats that you don’t want on the main page. You should also know that locking a chat will not mute notifications for the messages or calls from that particular contact. Once you lock a conversation, it is moved to the locked folder for that device only. It will remain a part of the main conversations page on other devices running that particular WhatsApp account.
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