WhatsApp continuously enhances its platform through a beta testing process, where a select group of users participate in identifying and resolving bugs, refining features, and evaluating functionality. This process provides these testers with early access to new features, albeit with the understanding that they may encounter potential glitches. Such a proactive approach ensures that the updates are stable and polished before being rolled out globally.
Recently, WhatsApp introduced a new beta update, version 126.96.36.199, which includes a novel 'secret code' feature for locked chats. This feature, currently available to a subset of beta testers, enhances user privacy by allowing them to hide the entry point for viewing locked chats.
How does this feature work? Users set up a secret code, after which the entry point for locked chats disappears from the chat list. To access these chats, users need to enter the secret code in the search bar within the Chats tab. Additionally, WhatsApp is incorporating a functionality that enables users to clear their list of locked chats directly from the privacy settings. This is particularly useful if a user forgets their secret code, preventing them from being locked out of their conversations.
WhatsApp takes a significant step in privacy!
This enhanced privacy measure ensures that locked conversations remain hidden and secure, safeguarding sensitive information from unauthorized access or accidental exposure. Even if someone gains physical access to a user’s phone, they cannot access these secured conversations without the secret code.
WhatsApp plans to gradually introduce the secret code feature to more users over the coming weeks and anticipates its eventual release as a stable update.
Alongside this, WhatsApp is developing other features, including a privacy option to conceal IP addresses during calls and an alternative profile feature to separate work and personal communication. Furthermore, the head of WhatsApp has confirmed plans to introduce in-app advertisements.