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WhatsApp’s new feature shows locked chats after you key a password into the search bar

By Liu Hongzuo - on 30 Nov 2023, 10:01pm

WhatsApp’s new feature shows locked chats after you key a password into the search bar

WhatsApp's Locked Chats can now be unlocked with a unique password typed into its search bar.

WhatsApp announced a new feature that lets you pull up your locked chats by typing a secret code in the app’s search bar.

Called Secret Code for Chat Lock, the new functionality builds upon existing Chat Lock features

Originally, you can lock specific chats, which takes the chat out of your main message list and parks them under a Locked Chats folder. You can unlock that folder with a device password or biometric verification (e.g. fingerprint). 

The new feature lets you add a unique password that’s different from what you normally use to unlock your phone. You also get to access these private messages by typing this password into your WhatsApp search bar at the top.

Other quality-of-life features include locking chats by selecting the option after long-pressing the chat. No longer will you need to go into chat settings to give them locked priority.

“Rolling out secret code to Chat Lock on WhatsApp so you can protect your chats with a unique password. Now you can set your locked chats to only appear when you type the secret code in the search bar, so no one can unintentionally discover your most private conversations,” said Mark Zuckerberg, founder, chairman and CEO of Meta.

Secret Code for Chat Lock starts rolling out to WhatsApp users today, with global availability in the coming months.

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