How to Lock a Chat on WhatsApp


In a world where privacy is key, sometimes you want that extra layer of security for your WhatsApp chats. In this article I’ll show you how to lock a chat on WhatsApp, ensuring your conversations stay just between you and your contacts. It’s important to note that WhatsApp chats are locked just on the specific devices you lock them on, and not all of your devices and not for anyone else in that chat. Also, when you lock a chat on WhatsApp you have to access them through a Locked Chats section in the Chats menu.

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Steps to Lock a Chat on WhatsApp

  1. Launch WhatsApp on your iPhone or Android device. You’ll land on your WhatsApp home screen.
  2. Tap “Chats” in the menu along the bottom of the screen. The Chats home screen is displayed.
Tap Chats in the menu along the bottom of the screen.

  1. Find the WhatsApp chat you want to lock, and then tap to open it.
  2. Tap the name of the chat at the top of the screen. The Group Info screen is displayed.
Tap the name of the chat at the top of the screen.

  1. Scroll down this menu until you find Chat Lock, and then tap “Chat Lock.” A Chat Lock screen is shown, letting you know that by locking this WhatsApp chat you’ll need to use your FaceID to open this chat and read notifications on this device. Additionally, locked chats will be kept in a separate location from other chats.
Scroll down this menu until you find Chat Lock, and then tap Chat Lock.

  1. Tap to toggle on “Lock This Chat with Face ID.”
Tap to toggle on Lock This Chat with Face ID.

A window pops up letting you know that this chat is now locked and that you can find it in the Chats tab.

A window pops up letting you know that this chat is now locked and that you can find it in the Chats tab.

Going forward you can find your locked WhatsApp chats by tapping “Chats” in the menu at the bottom of the screen, and then tapping “Locked Chats.”

Tap Chats and then tap Locked Chats.

You can access your locked chats in this menu.

You can access your locked chats in this menu.

Reasons to Lock a Chat on WhatsApp

1. Privacy Concerns

Privacy is a paramount concern for many individuals using WhatsApp. In a world where digital information can easily be accessed, securing personal chats becomes crucial. Locking chats on WhatsApp offers a shield against prying eyes. This is especially important when discussing personal matters or sensitive subjects. It ensures that conversations remain confidential, safeguarding personal details from unauthorized access. Users value their privacy and seek to protect their personal space and conversations in the digital realm.

2. Security Measures

Security in digital communication is a growing concern. Locking WhatsApp chats is a proactive step towards enhancing security. It prevents potential breaches, securing personal and sensitive information. This measure is particularly vital in scenarios where devices are shared or exposed to security risks. It acts as a barrier against unauthorized access, ensuring that private conversations remain secure even in vulnerable situations.

3. Avoiding Accidental Shares

Accidental sharing of messages can lead to embarrassing or compromising situations. Locking chats in WhatsApp mitigates this risk. It helps users maintain control over their private conversations, ensuring they are not mistakenly shared. This is particularly important in a fast-paced digital environment where a single misclick can have significant repercussions. It provides a safeguard against unintended disclosure of private or sensitive information.

4. Preventing Misuse

In cases of device loss or theft, locked WhatsApp chats act as a crucial line of defense. They prevent the misuse of personal conversations by unauthorized individuals. This feature is particularly important in safeguarding one’s digital privacy. It ensures that private discussions do not fall into the wrong hands, protecting against potential exploitation or harm that can arise from accessed private chats.

5. Maintaining Professionalism

In professional settings, the security of work-related communications is crucial. Locking chats on WhatsApp can help maintain professionalism by securing sensitive work information. It ensures that confidential business conversations are not accidentally or inappropriately accessed. This practice is vital in upholding the integrity and confidentiality of professional communications, reflecting a responsible and security-conscious approach in the workplace.

6. Personal Reasons

Individuals have varied personal reasons for wanting to lock their WhatsApp chats. It could be to keep certain relationships private or to have a space for personal expression away from public scrutiny. Locking chats offers a sense of control over one’s personal interactions. It respects the individual’s choice to keep certain aspects of their life private, affirming the importance of personal boundaries in digital communications.

7. Compliance with Policies or Regulations

In certain professions, there are strict policies and regulations regarding the handling of information. Locking WhatsApp chats ensures compliance with these rules. It’s essential for individuals working in legal, medical, or other sensitive fields. This practice safeguards against the unauthorized sharing of confidential information, helping professionals adhere to industry standards and legal requirements.

8. Protecting Sensitive Content

Sensitive content such as personal photos, videos, or confidential information requires an added layer of security. Locking chats on WhatsApp provides this security. It prevents accidental or unauthorized access to such content. This feature is particularly crucial for protecting personal and intimate details that users wish to keep private. It offers peace of mind, knowing that sensitive content is secured.

9. Controlling Screen Peeking

When using WhatsApp in public spaces, controlling who sees your screen is important. Locking chats helps in preventing screen peeking by bystanders. It offers a layer of privacy in public settings, ensuring that personal conversations are not exposed to strangers. This feature is particularly useful in crowded places, where over-the-shoulder glances are common. It helps maintain the privacy of digital interactions in public.

About Max

Max has nearly 20 years of experience working in IT across three different industries in project management and management capacities: publishing, telecommunications and healthcare. He holds the following degrees and certifications: BS Communications, MA Communications, MBA and Project Management Professional (PMP). His tutorial-focused YouTube channel earned more than 100,000 subscribers in its first four years, and currently has more than 160,000 subscribers, 110,000,000 video views and an insane 2.4 million hours of watch time. Max enjoys learning new technology, reading and collecting comic books, listening to audiobooks and playing video games.

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