WhatsApp: 5 Privacy Features You Should Know in 2020

We already know that WhatsApp messages are encrypted end to end. But do you know the key privacy features of WhatsApp? Read on to know more about it.

WhatsApp has left no stone unturned when it comes to features. Facebook-owned company actively adds several features monthly and also keeps the level of simplicity intact. WhatsApp has recently added some useful features to your Android and iOS apps. This includes WhatsApp call waiting, text reminder, group invitation system, and more. Also, we already know that WhatsApp messages are encrypted end to end. But do you know the key privacy features of WhatsApp? Read on to know more about it

1.WhatsApp Fingerprint Lock


To give users an extra layer of security, WhatsApp has added a fingerprint lock feature to their Android app. It is noteworthy that this security feature was first released on iOS with support for Touch ID and Face ID. To enable it on WhatsApp, go to Settings -> Account -> Privacy -> Fingerprint Lock. If you enable WhatsApp’s “Fingerprint Lock” feature, it will prompt you to authenticate your fingerprint stored in the operating system.

The feature comes with three options to “Automatically lock” the app. The first is “immediately”, the second is “after 1 minute” and the third is “after 30 minutes”. Note that WhatsApp’s fingerprint lock feature does not block calls and only hides messages. The feature also allows users to enable or disable viewing of message context in notifications.

2.Hide received media files


WhatsApp allows users to hide images, videos, and even audio files received on WhatsApp in the default device gallery. This feature allows you to make both individual and group chats. The feature can be accessed by going to a contact’s information page and clicking on the “Media Visibility” option. Here you have the option to choose No, Yes, and Default to show the chat media in your gallery.

You can choose a base of your own. Default is preset to show media files in gallery. You can also do the same for group chats. Although not an important feature, it will still help to reduce the confusion caused by the huge amount of unwanted images shared in a WhatsApp group or by an individual friend.

3.How to block contacts in WhatsApp


WhatsApp users can simply block (and even report) their contacts or an unknown number. Once you block the user, you will not receive any messages or calls from them. The process of blocking a person in WhatsApp is very simple. You just need to open that user’s chat window and touch the three point menu in the upper right corner. Click “More” and choose the lock option. You will find the unlock option in the Application Settings> Account> Privacy> Blocked Contacts section.

Separately, WhatsApp will soon display a small warning in the chat window information for the user. This warning will inform the user when they block or unlock any specific contact. The report noted that this warning will only be visible to the user blocking the other contact.

4.Group Invitation System


The messaging platform recently added the group invitation system. This privacy option allows users to control who can add them to groups. Options include “All”, “My Contacts”, and “My Contacts except”. The second option means that friends you have in your address book can add you to groups. The third provides additional control for who among your contacts can add you to a group. In such cases, an administrator who cannot add you to a group will be asked to send a private invitation through an individual chat.

5.Status Privacy


Finally, WhatsApp offers a dedicated status section, similar to Instagram’s “Stories.” The company also added a Status Privacy menu, where you will find three options. The “My Contacts” option means that only your contacts will be able to check their WhatsApp status. The second option in the “My contacts except” list is self explanatory. The latter is “Share Only”, which means you can share your status with some selected friends.

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