WhatsApp has introduced a new feature that allows users to lock their chats.
In a blog post on Tuesday, the Meta-owned company said the feature will help protect users’ “most intimate conversations beyond one more layer of security”.
“Our passion is to find new ways to help keep your messages private and secure,” the post reads.
“Today, we’re excited to bring to you a new feature we are calling Chat Lock, which lets you protect your most intimate conversations behind one more layer of security.
“Locking a chat takes that thread out of the inbox and puts it behind it’s own folder that can only be accessed with your device password or biometric, like a fingerprint. It also automatically hides the contents of that chat in notifications, too.
“We think this feature will be great for people who have reason to share their phones from time to time with a family member or those moments where someone else is holding your phone at the exact moment an extra special chat arrives.
“You can lock a chat by tapping the name of a one-to-one or group and selecting the lock option. To reveal these chats, slowly pull down on your inbox and enter your phone password or biometric.”
The company also said more options about the new feature will be unveiled over the next few months.
The development is the latest in a series of newly-added features by the company.
Last month, WhatsApp introduced a feature that allows users to edit messages up to 15 minutes after they have been sent.
The messaging service also launched a feature that enables users to automatically post their status to Facebook stories in April.
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