According to WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is working on a WhatsApp Secret Code Feature that would let users create their own passwords to unlock their private chats.
A “Secret code” option was discovered by the publication in the WhatsApp beta for the Android 126.96.36.199 upgrade.
By activating this feature, users will purportedly be able to access protected chats without using their phone’s PIN or biometric identification.
In May 2023, WhatsApp introduced the “Chat Lock” function to give an extra degree of security to users’ private conversations.
Notifications for messages and material exchanged in such talks are also hidden.
When Chat Lock first launched, WhatsApp promised that it would expand the feature’s capabilities “over the next few months,” including features like companion device locking and the ability to generate a unique password to access the locked talks folder.
Users will have more extensive control over what those close to them may access on their device thanks to the two distinct authentication mechanisms for closed conversations and their phone.
Additionally, it could make users’ devices more secure against rogue users who discover their device PIN.
Beta users, who are often the first to test new features before a wider deployment, have not yet been informed when WhatsApp plans to make the Secret Code feature accessible to them.
The Secret Code feature in the most recent WhatsApp Android beta may be seen deactivated in the screenshot below.