WhatsApp is rolling out a new update through the Google Play Beta Program, bringing the version up to 184.108.40.206.
What’s new in this update? WhatsApp is working on a feature to hide locked chats, and it will be available in a future update of the app!
|Name of the feature?||Hide locked chats|
|Availability?||WhatsApp is working on bringing a feature to hide locked chats to a future update of the app.|
|I’ve installed this update but I don’t have this feature. Why?||This feature is under development and it’s not ready for beta testers, but you can discover a preview in this article.|
|Previous news?||WhatsApp Business beta for Android gets a new quick action bar feature!|
HIDE LOCKED CHATS
In the article about the WhatsApp beta for Android 220.127.116.11 update, we announced new important improvements regarding locked chats. Specifically, we revealed that WhatsApp is working on a secret code creation feature, allowing users to lock their protected chat folder with a custom password. In the same article, we also announced that a secret code will finally allow the feature to work on companion devices. Thanks to the latest WhatsApp beta for Android 18.104.22.168 update, which is available on the Google Play Store, we discovered that WhatsApp is working on a new feature to hide locked chats on the chat list!
As you can see in this screenshot, a new option is in development and it will allow users to better hide their locked chats. Currently, the entry point to access the list of locked chats is always visible in the chat list where there is at least one protected conversation, potentially allowing anyone with access to the phone to understand the presence of locked conversations. After enabling this feature, users will be able to remove the entry point and making the list of locked chats visible by entering the secret code into the search bar.
Implementing the feature to hide the entry point to open locked chats and integrating a secret code feature to access the list of locked chats will definitely improve user privacy. Users can have sensitive or confidential conversations that they want to keep hidden from prying eyes: by hiding the entry point to locked chats, it becomes more difficult for anyone with access to the phone to even realize that locked chats exist, and this will significantly enhance the privacy of these conversations. In our opinion, this feature also represents their commitment to evolving and improving WhatsApp by offering new enhancements regarding privacy and security, making users more likely to stick with and recommend the app.
The feature to hide locked chats is under development and it will be available in a future update of the app. As always, we will share another article when we have further details regarding this feature to share with you.
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