How to set a password on WhatsApp to hide your chats

WhatsApp is an increasingly versatile communication tool. We use them not only for small talk, but also for business and personal matters. But no matter what you use the platform for, you probably want to protect the content of your chats from prying eyes. Here are two ways to do it.

Secure WhatsApp with your fingerprint

First of all, we should be clear that WhatsApp for Android doesn’t allow you to set passwords for your chats. However, it offers the possibility of access with certified biometric sensors to protect.

To activate this function, go to the section in the settings Account.

Open account settings in WhatsAppOpen account settings in WhatsApp

Next, open the privacy options.

Show privacy settingsShow privacy settings

We have a fingerprint reader on our test device. That is why the fingerprint lock option appears. On certain models it is possible to use face recognition.

fingerprint lockfingerprint lock

Enable fingerprint access protection with the top slider.

Enable fingerprint loginEnable fingerprint login

Confirm the fingerprint in the next step.

Verify fingerprint in WhatsAppVerify fingerprint in WhatsApp

Finally, set the amount of time WhatsApp should wait before locking the app again.

Configure the locking systemConfigure the locking system

The next time you want to open WhatsApp, you will need to identify yourself with your fingerprint.

Protect WhatsApp with AppLocker

If the above solution doesn’t work for you, AppLocker is a good alternative.

After installing and granting the necessary permissions, you create a lock pattern.

Start AppLockerStart AppLocker

Find WhatsApp in the list of apps and click on it.

Select applicationSelect application

If this is your first time using AppLocker, tap Allow to give final permission.

Required permission to lock the applicationRequired permission to lock the application

The application needs to access the usage data of the application. Tap its icon to continue.

Select AppLocker in the app listSelect AppLocker in the app list

Move the slider to enable permission.

Allow access to usage dataAllow access to usage data

Go back to the Applications list and check if WhatsApp is blocked. If that’s the case, you’ll see a green padlock on the right. Open WhatsApp and check if AppLocker is asking for the pattern you set at the beginning.

Enter previously created patternEnter previously created pattern

This method is compatible with fingerprint reader verification. So it’s possible to use AppLocker and at the same time ask WhatsApp to block access. This way you get double protection.

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