WhatsApp is working on ‘Secret Code’ feature for locked chats: Here’s how it works


WhatsApp is reportedly working on a ‘Secret Code’ feature that lets users find locked chats from the search bar and lock the chat on the linked device.

whatsapp secret code  New feature of WhatsApp  whatsapp lock chat linked deviceWhatsApp may soon let users lock chats on linked devices. (Image source: WhatsApp)

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WhatsApp developers are testing a new feature called ‘Secret Code’ for locked chats. The upcoming functionality will reportedly work on linked devices and allow users to use a custom password for protected chat folders.

According to a report by WABetaInfoThe new feature was first spotted on WhatsApp beta on Android 2.23.21.9, which can be downloaded from the Google Play Store if you are enrolled in the WhatsApp beta testing program.

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The new secret code feature will enable people to easily find locked chats directly from the app’s search bar and will also let them lock chats on linked devices. As you can see in the screenshot below, WhatsApp recommends using a simple word or emoji so that you can quickly find the locked chat.

(Image source: WABetaInfo)

In May this year, WhatsApp introduced a way to lock chats using biometrics or a PIN code, but many were unhappy because there was no way to lock chats on a secondary device. However, if the latest beta feature makes it to the stable version, users will be able to keep their conversations private even on partner devices.

At the moment, WhatsApp’s new ‘Secret Code’ feature is under development, so it may take a few weeks or months for it to be available to everyone. Over the past few months, WhatsApp developers added several functionalities to the app such as Telegram-like channels, sharing pictures and videos in HD, creating groups without names, and editing media captions to name a few.

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First published: 09-10-2023 at 18:59 IST


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