If you are like most people, you spend a lot of time messaging your friends using WhatsApp, the most popular instant messenger application on the planet.
WhatsApp is a really simple, straightforward and useful app, with all the features you would expect from a messaging app but not a lot of bells and whistles. One of its features is that, because the WhatsApp account is linked to your phone number, there aren’t any extra usernames or passwords to remember, and the app is always running in the background to receive messages.
But for some people, this isn’t a feature at all, but a privacy risk. Because there is no password, anyone who can access your phone can access all of your WhatsApp chats, contacts and the media files that have been sent and received.
There are plenty of reasons why you might want a way to lock your WhatsApp chats so that they cannot be accessed by anyone who gets into your phone: maybe you have kids and don’t want them getting into your chats, or maybe your friends like to take your phone and send stupid messages in the middle of the night. Whatever your reason is, there is a solution: you can add an extra layer of protection to your WhatsApp account with the application WhatsLock.
WhatsApp Lock Privacy Features
The free app WhatsLock does exactly what it sounds like; it locks WhatsApp with a password that you choose, either a numeric PIN code or a pattern code, making it less likely that some nosy person will be able to read your chats, even if they can get past your main phone lock screen.
It’s sneaky about it, though. If someone tries to open WhatsApp from your homescreen, for example, a fake WhatsApp window will appear that blocks all of your real chats, contacts and media files from being seen.
To get past that fake screen, you need to enter the correct password. If you are really sneaky, you can even add fake chats to the fake window to make it look more realistic, and you can hide the WhatsLock icon so they have no idea it is a fake.
If you install WhatsLock, you will be able to hide pictures and videos from the WhatsApp media gallery, and if you are willing to root your phone, there is a feature that allows you to hide a friend by blocking their profile picture.
If drunk texting is a habit you’d like to break, you can put WhatsLock in “Drunk Mode”, where it won’t allow you to send messages until after you enter your password AND solve a math problem.
In short, downloading WhatsLock adds a little more security to one of our favorite applications, which, truthfully, is more than a bit vulnerable without the WhatsApp lock.
Downloading the basic version of the app is free, with some in-app purchases available including an upgrade to a WhatsLock Premium account, which comes with even more useful privacy features.