WhatsApp already offers you the option to password protect the Android or iOS app. You can also choose to unlock the app via facial recognition or a fingerprint sensor. And we may soon see a similar feature on the desktop version of WhatsApp to provide additional security.
This is according to a recent report by WABetaInfo WhatsApp will soon add a screen lock feature to its desktop version. This feature is currently being tested as part of the WhatsApp desktop beta.
The new screen lock feature will force you to enter a password every time you open WhatsApp on your PC. So it helps you to keep your WhatsApp chats safe when someone else is using your computer. The report includes a screenshot, which shows what it will look like. Although, as the feature is under development, some aspects of the user interface are currently missing.
It has been revealed that the passwords to unlock WhatsApp on a desktop computer will not be shared with Meta’s messaging platform, but will be stored locally. And the feature also includes fingerprint scanning on Mac as an added feature.
If you’ve forgotten your password, you can recover it by logging out of WhatsApp and logging back in to the desktop client. This can be done by scanning the QR code from your smartphone.
The screen lock feature is in the works and so it is unknown when it will be available to everyone.