WhatsApp Reportedly Working on Secret Code for Locked Chats on Web Client

WhatsApp has been spotted working on an improvement to the Chat Lock feature that is reportedly in development on the web version of the popular messaging application. Users can already lock specific chats on WhatsApp for iOS and Android that are hidden behind a secret code — a feature that can improve the privacy of users on the platform. The service is expected to bring the same functionality to WhatsApp Web users, according to details shared by a feature tracker.

Spotted by feature tracker WABetaInfo on the latest version of WhatsApp Web, the recently launched secret codes for locked chats functionality will soon make its way to the web client. The feature is expected to improve WhatsApp users’ privacy and is currently in development, which means that even beta testers will not be able to try it out on the latest version.

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The feature is expected to work in the same manner as the one available on WhatsApp for Android and iOS, allowing users to lock and hide some chats from the main list of chats, behind a secret code. This code can be a word, a phrase — including emoji and special characters. Users can then enter the same secret code to show the list of locked and hidden chats.

Using this feature, WhatsApp users will be able to safeguard some of their chats from prying eyes on a shared laptop or desktop computer where more than one user has access. Just like the Chat Lock feature on WhatsApp for iOS and Android that was rolled out last November, these chats are only displayed when the secret code is entered correctly.

On the mobile versions of WhatsApp, users will see locked chats after the secret code is revealed, but only until the app remains open. Re opening the app will hide the chats once again, requiring the secret code to be entered once again. Users can also disable the secret code feature and revert to the older chat lock functionality that requires biometric authentication.

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