WhatsApp rolling out feature for users to lock, hide chats on linked devices

Meta will enable more users to access feature currently available on primary devices

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WhatsApp's feature on linked devices will allow users to protect chats from other people. — ZDNET via WhatsApp

WhatsApp, Meta’s instant-messaging app, is set to introduce a feature on linked devices that will enable users to protect their chats from other people.

According to a recent report by WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is rolling out its Chat Lock feature on linked devices.

This feature, which allows users to lock and hide their chats behind a passcode or biometric authentication, was initially limited to primary devices.

However, according to the report, the Chat Lock feature appears to be available to users using WhatsApp for Android (version 2.24.11.9), rather than just a select few users.

WhatsApp rolling out Chat Lock feature for linked devices in next few weeks? — WABetaInfo

Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta introduced the Chat Lock feature in WhatsApp in May 2023 and last month it was reported that the company had started testing this feature on linked devices by rolling it out to a number of users.

Although the company has not revealed when this feature will be available in the stable version of WhatsApp, it is expected to be rolled out for the public after thorough testing in the beta version of the app.

This could take at least a couple of weeks.