Alert! WhatsApp settings that you must CHANGE now on iPhones, Android phones

It's 2022, change your WhatsApp settings now. Here’s what to do and how to do it too.

| Updated on: Aug 21 2022, 23:18 IST
Make sure your WhatsApp settings are at maximum security levels to stop any leaks. (MINT_PRINT)
Make sure your WhatsApp settings are at maximum security levels to stop any leaks. (MINT_PRINT)

No matter what New Year 2022 resolutions you have signed yourself up to, here is one that you must put right on top of your list. In fact, it is something that you should do right now. Yes it is that important. Amidst rising concerns over data privacy and cybersecurity, your instant messaging application WhatsApp security settings must be ramped up in this new year on both iPhones or Android phones. Yes, you must change your WhatsApp settings and here we list three that you should change right now. These features are, WhatsApp lock, WhatsApp self-deleting messages, and WhatsApp Two-Step verification.

WhatsApp Security Checks

1. How to enable Whatsapp self-deleting messages

Recently added Whatsapp self-deleting messages feature automatically deletes your chats after a certain period and this can be a big saviour as it boosts privacy on permanent basis. You can enable this feature for the new conversations without losing the existing chats. You can choose the time to automatically delete your messages from 24 days, 7 days, and 90 days. If you are okay to keep your older chats, then you can turn off the automatically deleting messages feature from the Privacy options in your Account Settings of WhatsApp. Also, this feature just rolled out a few weeks ago, so make sure you have updated your WhatsApp to the latest.

2. How to enable WhatsApp Two-Step verification

The hidden two-step verification option within your WhatsApp settings, which is meant for your WhatsApp extra layer of security needs to be updated now. This additional layer of security will keep the hackers away. To turn on the two-step verification, you will again need to go to your WhatsApp's Settings and then tap on Account. There you will find the two-step verification settings.

3. How to Lock your WhatsApp

Locking your WhatsApp account on your iPhones or Android phones is not just important for the people who may try to invade and read your messages but also for the hackers who may access your personal information from an unprotected device. Hence, keeping your WhatsApp lock on is important. 

To enable the WhatsApp lock, follow these steps:

Step 1: Open the WhatsApp Settings.
Step 2: Tap on Account and then Privacy.
Step 3: Scroll down to the Fingerprint lock.
Step 4: Switch the toggle bar towards the right in front of the Unlock fingerprint.
Step 5: Confirm after what time period your WhatsApp should automatically lock. You can choose between 'Immediately', 'After 1 minute', and 'After 30 minutes. Now, whenever you will open your app (depending on your selected time in this option), you will need to use your fingerprint to unlock the app.
Step 6: You can also enable or disable the message content preview in the notification.

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First Published Date: 06 Jan, 12:40 IST