According to reports, WhatsApp is apparently releasing the secret code functionality through the Google Play Beta programme, starting with the Android v22.214.171.124 beta.
WhatsApp introduced Chat Lock functionality in May of this year, enabling users to secure specific chats with their fingerprint, facial recognition, or passcodes. Now, the instant messaging platform owned by Meta is reportedly testing a new feature called “secret code,” which will offer users additional control over their locked chats. This feature would allow users to set a custom password for their protected chat folder. The upcoming security enhancement has been identified in WhatsApp for Android beta v126.96.36.199, accessible through the Google Play Beta program.
According to a report by WhatsApp features tracker WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is preparing to allow users to create a custom password for their secured chat folder. This secret code feature will add an extra layer of security to sensitive conversations. Users can input this secret code to access their locked chats directly from the app’s search bar. The ability to configure a secret code is expected to enable users to lock chats from companion devices as well.
This new feature is said to be in the process of rolling out through the Google Play Beta program, specifically within the 188.8.131.52 beta for Android. It is not currently available for testers but is anticipated to be included in a forthcoming app update.
The publication has provided a preview of the secret code creation feature, suggesting that WhatsApp may recommend using a word or simple emoji for quick access. Users may also have the option to change or remove the secret code at any time.
In May, WhatsApp introduced the Chat Lock feature for both Android and iOS users. This feature allows users to safeguard their messages and conversations by locking them with passcodes, fingerprints, or facial recognition. Locked chat threads are relocated to a separate folder to maintain conversation privacy, even if someone gains access to the user’s phone. Notifications from these chats do not display the sender’s name or message preview.