According to reports, WhatsApp is preparing to provide a personalised password option for secured chat folders, improving security. According to WABetaInfo, users may put this code in the search box to open secured chats and set it up for companion devices.
There are plans to launch a feature that would let users choose a unique password for their encrypted chats folder, according to a report from WABetaInfo, The purpose of this feature is to increase the security of private conversations. To access their locked chats, users will have the opportunity to type this secret code into the app’s search field.
Users should also be able to lock conversations from their companion devices by setting a secret code.
According to reports, the update will be made available through the Google Play Beta programme, specifically in the Android 22.214.171.124 beta version. It is significant to note that this feature is not yet accessible to testers and is planned to be added in a future app release.
Furthermore, the WhatsApp features tracker has released a preview of the secret code creation feature, giving users an idea of what to expect. According to this preview, WhatsApp suggests utilising a phrase or a simple emoji for easy access. It’s likely that users will be able to change or remove the secret code whenever they choose.
📝 WhatsApp beta for Android 126.96.36.199: what's new?— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) October 6, 2023
WhatsApp is working on a secret code creation feature for locked chats with support for linked devices, and it will be available in a future update of the app!https://t.co/q9WSIBVllH pic.twitter.com/4ongikCTf1
WhatsApp launched the Chat Lock functionality for both Android and iOS users in May. This feature allows users to keep their messages and chats private and secure by employing locks that may be accessed with a passcode, fingerprint, or face recognition. Locked chat threads will be moved to a different folder, protecting the anonymity of chats even if the user’s phone is compromised. These chat notifications will not expose the sender’s identity or show message previews.