WhatsApp is currently developing multiple privacy and security features. The popular Meta-owned instant messaging platform rolled out the Protect IP address feature. This feature can protect users’ IP addresses during calls. Now, the company is reportedly working on a secret code feature for locked chats. According to a report by WABetaInfo, this feature has been rolled out with a new update through the Google Play Beta Program and is now available to some select beta testers.
WhatsApp secret codes for locked chats: How will it help users
With the secret code feature, WhatsApp wants to enable users to better hide their locked chats from the chat list. These codes will also offer an alternative and more private method to access the list of locked conversations.
The report also shows a screenshot to explain how this feature will work. As per the screenshot, a new settings section will be available within the list of the locked chats. This action will provide users with the option to hide the entry point to open locked chats.
After configuring a secret code, the entry point to view locked chats will no longer appear in the chat list. Instead, users will be able to access these chats by entering the secret code into the search bar within the Chats tab.
As per the report, some beta testers may also get another feature that will allow them to quickly clear the list of their locked chats right within their privacy settings. This feature is designed for situations where a user forgets their secret code and encounters difficulty accessing their locked chats.
This feature will offer users enhanced privacy by removing the entry point to the locked chats list. It will also stop others from easily identifying or accessing the conversations that are locked.
With the locked chats list hidden, even if someone gains physical access to a user’s phone, they won’t be able to see their sensitive conversations. This is important for safeguarding sensitive or personal information from prying eyes.
Moreover, hiding the list of locked conversations will also help users prevent exposure, since anyone can understand that there may be some locked chats. The implementation of the secret code feature will even ensure that the locked chats list is only visible when the correct code is entered into the search bar.
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