Earlier this year, WhatsApp rolled out the Chat Lock feature, allowing users to secure specific conversations with fingerprint, facial recognition, or passcodes. Currently, the Meta-owned messaging platform is said to be in the testing phase for an additional feature called “Secret Code,” aiming to offer users enhanced control in the current chat lock feature. This new feature, reportedly in development, would empower users to set a personalized password for their secured chat folder.
Let’s delve into what the upcoming Secret Code feature entails and how it will work.
WhatsApp’s Secret Code for Locked Chats
The renowned WhatsApp updates tracker, WABetaInfo, has recently discovered this functionality within the Android beta version 126.96.36.199 of the app. According to their findings, WhatsApp is gearing up to introduce the capability for users to select their own unique password to secure their chat folder.
Introducing the secret code feature represents an additional level of protection for confidential conversations. With this feature, users can input their secret code via the app’s search bar to gain access to their locked chats. Moreover, configuring a secret code is expected to enable users to secure their chats even from companion devices.
The inclusion of the secret code feature not only strengthens security but also streamlines the way locked chats are found and opened. Although this feature is currently undergoing testing and is not yet accessible to beta testers, it is anticipated to be made available to all users in the coming days.
In May, WhatsApp introduced the Chat Lock functionality for both iOS and users. This feature allows users to enhance the privacy and security of their messages and conversations. The option to apply locks through passcodes, fingerprint recognition, or facial unlock methods. This feature relocates locked chat threads to a separate folder, ensuring the confidentiality of conversations, even if the user’s phone is compromised. Notifications from these chats will not display the sender’s name or any kind of message preview.
The messaging platform is reportedly releasing this update through the Google Play Beta program, specifically with the 188.8.131.52 beta version for Android. WhatsApp will likely speed up the implementation of this functionality as a feature of a stable software update in the near future.