WhatsApp is currently developing a new “Lock chat” feature for Android beta that would allow users to lock and hide chats.
Per the WABetaInfo, this new feature will increase user privacy by enabling users to lock their most private chats under the chat’s contact or group info.
When a chat is closed, only the user’s fingerprint or passcode can open it, making it nearly hard for anybody else to access the chat.
Also, the user will be prompted to clear the chat before opening it if someone tries to access their phone but is unable to provide the required authentication.
This feature also supports in media privacy by preventing pictures and videos shared in a protected chat from being automatically saved to the device’s gallery.
The ability to lock chats is currently in development and is anticipated to be introduced in a future update of the app, per the report.
Meanwhile, on Friday, it was announced that the messaging platform was rolling out a new text editing interface to some Android beta testers.