WhatsApp introduces alphanumeric ‘Secret Code’ feature to protect sensitive chats

WhatsApp continues to innovate, introducing the “Secret Code” feature to enhance chat privacy. This feature allows users to set a unique password for their locked chats, making them invisible unless the code is entered.


WhatsApp’s Chat Lock feature, introduced earlier this year, allowed users to secure conversations with device passwords or biometrics. These locked chats resided in a dedicated “Locked Chats” folder, offering increased privacy. Now, with the Secret Code feature, users can elevate their chat security to an unprecedented level.

Use a combination of letters, numbers, and emojis as a “Secret Code” to safeguard your locked WhatsApp chats

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg shared the exciting news on his WhatsApp Channel, emphasizing the significance of the Secret Code feature: “Now you can set your locked chats to only appear when you type the secret code in the search bar, so no one can ‘unintentionally’ discover your most private conversations.”

The Secret Code empowers users to create a unique password, distinct from their device unlock code, to safeguard their most sensitive exchanges. This personalized password can encompass letters, numbers, special characters, and even emojis, adding a creative touch to chat security.

WhatsApp secret chat codes
via WhatsApp

Recognizing the importance of user convenience, WhatsApp has streamlined the process of securing specific chats. Instead of navigating through complex chat settings, users can now lock a conversation with a simple long press. This not only enhances accessibility but also ensures that securing chats is a seamless and efficient experience.

Adding to this, the Secret Code feature allows users to choose whether their locked chats remain visible in the main chat list or hidden behind the secret code. This gives users the ability to tailor their privacy settings according to their preferences.

WhatsApp has announced the gradual rollout of the Secret Code feature, with global availability expected in the coming months. This phased release ensures a smooth integration of the feature for users worldwide, reflecting WhatsApp’s dedication to a user-centric and secure messaging environment.

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