WhatsApp messenger has introduced a new function, which allows protecting personal correspondence with a password or biometric data, the official blog of the messenger reported.
The Chat Lock feature allows you to move chats from the main screen to a separate folder. To unlock it, you will need to enter a password or scan biometrics, such as a fingerprint. In addition, the content of messages received from private chats will be automatically hidden in notifications.
To make a specific chat closed, you need to click on the name of the interlocutor or group in the chat, and then select the desired option. To make private chats visible on the screen, you need to slowly slide your finger across it, enter your password or provide biometrics.
“We think this feature will be great for people who have reason to share their phones from time to time with a family member or those moments where someone else is holding your phone at the exact moment an extra special chat arrives,” explained the WhatsApp team, adding that the feature is already available for a number of users.
'The company also said that there would be other innovations in the future, including a locking for companion devices and creating a custom password for chats so that users can use a unique password different from the one they use for their phone.