How to protect messages with a password on WhatsApp (chat lock). Chat lock is a new WhatsApp feature that allows you to require a password or biometrics to open a specific conversation on the app. See how to use

How to password protect messages on WhatsApp (chat lock)

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Chat Lock is a new WhatsApp feature that allows you to require a password or biometrics to open a specific conversation in the app. See how to use

One way to keep everything you send and receive away from prying eyes is to use the password-protect message feature on WhatsApp, also called ChatLock. Activation takes less than ten minutes and works like a real safe that will only be accessed after confirming your identity. See how to activate right now.

How does Chat Lock work?

Released to all users with the latest version of WhatsApp: ChatLock allows you to place personal or group conversations in a kind of safe that will only be accessed via fingerprint reading or typing a special code.

The most interesting point is that you can hide the conversation with a password, so that it doesn't even appear on the application's home screen. This way, the conversation will only be displayed when you enter the secret code, which can be an emoji, a word or a numerical combination.

Conversation blocking arrives to provide another layer of security for WhatsApp: you will still need to confirm your identity to access the application, whether via fingerprint reading or facial recognition.

How to use on iPhone

Step 1: Access the conversation you want to keep locked. Then click on the name and select the option Lock conversation.

Initial step on how to activate conversation blocking on WhatsApp
You need to access the conversation you want to activate conversation blocking (Photo: Lucas Gomes/Showmetech)

Step 2: After a new window appears, click Continue. Perform facial recognition via FaceID.

Step by step to protect messages with a password on WhatsApp
FaceID needs to be used here (Photo: Lucas Gomes/Showmetech)

Step 3: See how the section will appear on your WhatsApp home screen:

Activating conversation blocking on WhatsApp
Conversations are displayed on the home screen, but require identity validation (Photo: Lucas Gomes/Showmetech_)

Step 4: Now, it's time to create your secret code to hide the conversation. Access the section Locked conversations and click on Settings. Then click on Secret code.

How to protect messages with a password on WhatsApp (chat lock). Chat lock is a new WhatsApp feature that allows you to require a password or biometrics to open a specific conversation on the app. See how to use
Secret code will be used to hide locked conversations (Photo: Lucas Gomes/Showmetech))

page 5: When you advance to the next screen, enter a numerical combination, word or emoji that will be set as your secret code. click in Advance.

Activating a conversation with a password on WhatsApp via chat lock
Choose a combination that is not too difficult, but not too easy (Photo: Lucas Gomes/Showmetech)

Confirm the chosen combination once again and click OK.

Step 6: To hide conversations, simply check the option. Remember that they will no longer appear on the application's home screen and you will have to enter the secret code.

How to protect messages with a password on WhatsApp (chat lock). Chat lock is a new WhatsApp feature that allows you to require a password or biometrics to open a specific conversation on the app. See how to use
Conversations will be hidden after the creation of a secret code (Photo: Lucas Gomes/Showmetech)

If you need to reset the secret code, all history will be erased, so remember not to enter a combination that you might forget.

How to use on Android

Step 1: access the conversation you want to turn into a locked conversation and then click on the name to open a new screen.

Step by step to protect messages with a password on WhatsApp
The process on Android is not that different from that on iOS (Photo: Victor Pacheco/Showmetech)

Step 2: scroll down and click Locked Conversations.

Step by step to protect messages with a password on WhatsApp
Conversation can be held in less than ten minutes (Photo: Victor Pacheco/Showmetech)

Step 3: now click Continue.

Step by step to protect messages with a password on WhatsApp
You will need to confirm the activation of the feature (Photo: Victor Pacheco/Showmetech)

You will need to do fingerprint scanning or facial recognition for this part of the tutorial to be completed. You can also choose to use the secret code, which we will tell you how to configure in the next steps.

You can also select the conversation, click on the three-dot menu and select the option Lock conversation. Here:

Step by step to protect messages with a password on WhatsApp
Conversation can also be locked on the home page (Photo: Victor Pacheco/Showmetech)

Step 4: and that's it, you will now see a new section on your WhatsApp home screen called Locked Conversations. Check out this example:

Step by step to protect messages with a password on WhatsApp
Locked conversations will be displayed on the home screen, but require identity validation (Photo: Victor Pacheco/Showmetech)

Step 5: Another way to use WhatsApp chat lock is through secret code. To do this, access the Locked Conversations that appears on the home screen of your WhatsApp and validate your identity. On the new screen, click on the three dots and then click Set up locked conversations. Here:

Step by step to protect messages with a password on WhatsApp
Now, let's create your secret code (Photo: Victor Pacheco/Showmetech)

Step 7: now click Secret code.

Step by step to protect messages with a password on WhatsApp
Secret code needs to be simple to avoid problems (Photo: Victor Pacheco/Showmetech)

Step 8: Enter a code, word or even emoji that will be easy to remember in everyday life. When finished, click Advance.

Step by step to protect messages with a password on WhatsApp
Secret code can also be emojis (Photo: Victor Pacheco/Showmetech)

Step 8: repeat the code created on the previous screen and click OK. And that's it, you can use either identity validation or the secret code to unlock the conversation.

Step by step to protect messages with a password on WhatsApp
Repeat the same secret code entered on the previous screen (Photo: Victor Pacheco/Showmetech)

Step 9: to hide locked conversations, just click on the button that appears on the screen, written Hide locked conversations. Here:

Step by step to protect messages with a password on WhatsApp
Your conversations will be even safer with the activation of Chat Lock (Photo: Victor Pacheco/Showmetech)

As the application explains, you will need to enter the code you just created on the search page for the conversations to be displayed. To confirm this action, you will need to enter the secret code you just created.

Step by step to protect messages with a password on WhatsApp
See the conversations found by the code (Photo: Victor Pacheco/Showmetech)

It is worth noting that you should choose a word, numerical combination or emoji that is easy to remember. This is because if you forget, the entire conversation will be deleted to return to the home page. So, be very careful.

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reviewed by Glaucon Vital in 9 / 5 / 24.

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