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Don’t want others reading your WhatsApp messages? Here’s how to keep them locked

Is someone secretly checking your WhatsApp messages? Here are some simple tips you can follow to prevent others from snooping on your WhatsApp.

How to prevent others from reading your WhatsApp messages How to prevent others from reading your WhatsApp messages.

Many of us have a common tendency to leave our smartphone unlocked anywhere and everywhere. And sometimes friends and even strangers can use it as an advantage to spy on your phone and read your personal messages. Has something like this happened to you anytime?

WhatsApp is very private for each one of us and no one wants others to check it. Most importantly without consent. Today, we are going to discuss exactly the same thing and provide tips to protect your WhatsApp messages so others don’t read them without your consent.

First, let’s talk about what Android users can do to keep their messages private.Then we will move on to iPhone users and talk about how they can protect their WhatsApp messages from being read by others.

For Android users

WhatsApp recently introduced a privacy feature called “Unlock with fingerprint” for the Android users out there. As the name suggests, this feature allows users to lock the WhatsApp account. After the feature is enabled, users will need to input their fingerprint to unlock the WhatsApp app. This feature works with Android phones that include any kind of fingerprint sensor — in-display or rear mounted.

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After the “Unlock with fingerprint” feature is enabled no one else, but the user will be able to unlock the WhatsApp app and read personal messages.

To enable the feature, first update the WhatsApp app.

Go to Setting option, then to Privacy, scroll down and enable the “Unlock with fingerprint” option.


You have the option to enable or disable the feature anytime you want.

For iPhone users

Coming to Apple iPhone users now. There’s no “Unlock with fingerprint” option here.  WhatsApp introduced Screen Lock feature that can be found in the Setting menu.

The Screen Lock feature works in the similar manner as the Unlock with fingerprint option. Meaning, it prevents others from opening your WhatsApp chats without your consent.


After the feature is enabled the WhatsApp app will open only when Face ID recognises the registered face.

In order to set up Screen Lock, you need to enable Face ID on your iPhone. The Screen Lock feature does not work with simple passcode on the device.

First published on: 29-01-2020 at 18:59 IST
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