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WhatsApp update: Locked chats feature for all linked devices coming soon, improving privacy

WhatsApp is rumoured to develop a new privacy feature for the locked chats across all the linked devices. Check details.

| Updated on: Apr 03 2024, 13:26 IST
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1/6 1. Enhanced WhatsApp Channels Features: WhatsApp, owned by Meta, has been actively improving its platform, introducing features like polls and voice message sharing.
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2/6 2. Upcoming AirDrop-Like Feature: Beta testers on the Google Play Store have noticed a potential game-changing feature - an Apple AirDrop-like file-sharing capability.  (unsplash)
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3/6 3. Instant and Secure Sharing: The new file-sharing function is anticipated to streamline the process of sharing files instantly, resembling the iPhone's AirDrop, while ensuring end-to-end encryption for user data security.  (unsplash)
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4/6 4. Revolutionizing User Experience: Users will no longer need to rely on traditional chat-based file sharing, making the process quicker and more efficient, and addressing concerns about degraded image and video quality.  (unsplash)
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5/6 5. User-Friendly Operation: The sharing process is expected to be initiated by opening the "Share files with nearby people" option, possibly involving a shake gesture, although specific details are yet to be officially announced.  (unsplash)
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6/6 6. Platform Rollout Plan: Do note that the file-sharing feature is currently under development and it may be rolled out in future updates as Meta continues to develop and refine it fully.  (unsplash)
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WhatsApp to bring new features. Know what’s coming. (unsplash)

WhatsApp introduced the secret code for the chat lock feature back in November. However, the feature only worked on the primary devices, leaving your sensitive conversation exposed to the linked devices. Therefore, to improve the privacy of the features, WhatsApp is reported to be developing an update which will keep your conversations locked across all the linked devices. Additionally, the company may also introduce a new feature to status updates which will allow users to mention specific contacts on the updates. Know what's coming to WhatsApp in the coming weeks. 

WhatsApp locked chats privacy feature

To improve user privacy preferences, WhatsApp introduced the locked chat feature which kept the contact hidden behind a secret code. This added an extra layer of security to sensitive conversations. However, the locked chats were easily accessible on the other linked devices, which created a major privacy concern. Now, according to the WaBetaInfo report, the latest WhatsApp beta has been rumoured to test the feature that will allow users to lock chat across all the linked devices and not only the primary device. 

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To access the locked chat in other linked devices, go to the chat lock settings from your primary device and first create a secret code to lock the chat. Now, simply use the code on the other device's new privacy feature settings. The feature is expected to roll out in future updates and it is currently being tested in the WhatsApp beta for Android update.

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WhatsApp Status update feature

Android Authority also reported that WhatsApp is working on a new status feature which will allow users to mention contacts on their status posts privately. This feature was spotted in iOS WhatsApp Beta which will privately notify the contact that they have been mentioned in the shared status. However, the mention is expected to stay hidden and it will only be visible to the contacts who have been added to the story. This feature is quite similar to the one we use for Instagram stories. 

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First Published Date: 03 Apr, 13:26 IST