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WhatsApp has introduced a new Secret Code feature, allowing users to add an extra layer of security to their locked chats by setting a custom password.

This code is independent of the device unlock code and can include emojis. The feature helps hide the Locked Chats folder from the chat list, making it accessible again by entering the secret code in the search bar. Alternatively, users can choose to keep the folder in the chat list. The process of locking chats has been streamlined, utilizing a long-press action for simplicity. WhatsApp aims to enhance privacy and protect sensitive conversations, making it harder for unauthorized access. The Chat Lock feature, introduced globally in May, enables users to create a secure folder in the chat list protected by passwords or biometric authentication methods. It also conceals locked chat details from notifications, preventing unauthorized access during phone use. WhatsApp, with over two billion global users, has been focusing on privacy features, including end-to-end encryption and disappearing messages. The new Secret Code feature is rolling out gradually and will be available globally in the coming months.

This segment was created for the It’s 5:05 podcast