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WhatsApp’s 5 privacy features every user must know

WhatsApp’s five privacy features
WhatsApp’s five privacy features (Pixabay)

WhatsApp offers some useful privacy features like group invitation and fingerprint lock. Here’s five of them every user must know.

WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging apps with over 400 million users in India itself. Even though WhatsApp has been introducing quite a variety of features it still continues to be one of easiest and most efficient to use.

Apart from introducing a bunch of features to enhance the look and efficiency, Facebook-owned WhatsApp has also paid fair attention to the privacy of users.

Take a look at five privacy features of WhatsApp

Choose who can add you to WhatsApp groups

WhatsApp's group privacy feature lets users decide who they want to give access to add them in a group. With this invitation system, users have an option of giving access to "Everyone", "My Contacts", and "Nobody".

Enable biometric lock

This feature will enable an extra layer of security for WhatsApp users and will ensure that nobody other than the user is able to read the messages. The fingerprint ID is for Android users, while Touch ID and Face ID is for iOS users. In order to enable this feature, the user will have to follow these steps for Android:

· Open WhatsApp

· Go to settings

· Account

· Privacy

· Enable Fingerprint lock

For iOS users:

· Open WhatsApp

· Go to settings

· Account

· Privacy

· Screen Lock

· Enable Touch ID or Face ID

Choose who cannot see your profile picture and status

Users can choose who can or cannot see their profile picture, their status and their status story. If the user does not want the profile picture to be public and only wants the same to be available for a limited number of people, then he or she can choose from, three options -- "Everyone", "My Contacts" and "Nobody". The same is applicable to status.

In order to use the feature one has to follow these steps:

· Open WhatsApp

· Go to Settings

· Account

· Privacy

· Profile Photo

· Choose one of the options that are available

In order to restrict people from viewing your status story, which stays on the profile for a period of 24 hours, iOS users can follow these steps:

· Open WhatsApp

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