We all use WhatsApp to chat with our friends and family. And some of the chats may include personal and private information that shouldn’t be viewed by anyone else. Of course, WhatsApp chats are end-to-end encrypted. This means your chats can be seen only by you and the person you’re chatting with. But, this security-feature is of no use if you have intruding roommates. Because your phone can be physically accessed by them.
You don’t need to be worried. In this guide, we’ll share 5 ways to hide WhatsApp chat conversations. Now, you can keep your personal chats safe without deleting them.
Method 1: Archive WhatsApp Conversations on Android
Archive chats option in WhatsApp allows you to temporarily hide chats from the chat screen, and access it later. You can archive both individual and group chats. Now, follow the steps to archive your WhatsApp chats on Android.
Archive individual chats
Step 1. In the chats screen, tap and hold the chat you would like to hide. You can also select multiple chats.
Step 2. Tap the archive icon which appears at the top bar.
Archive all chats
Step 1. Tap the menu button. Then, go to Settings > Chats > Chat history.
Step 2. Tap ‘Archive all chats’ and click ‘Ok’.
You have now successfully archived the chats. All your archived chats will no longer be visible in chats list. But, you can still find them by scrolling to the bottom of the chat screen.
Unarchive WhatsApp chats
You can restore any of your archived chats any time. To unarchive a chat,
Step 1. tap ‘Archived chats’ at the bottom.
Step 2. Long press on the chat that you wish to unarchive. Then, tap the Unarchive icon on the top bar.
Note: Archive chats feature is added to WhatsApp for better organization of your chats. You can hide all those conversations which no longer chat with you. Also remember, this is not a permanent solution to hide a WhatsApp chat. WhatsApp automatically unarchives the chat when the contact sends you a new message.
Method 2: Hide WhatsApp Chats with Password Using ‘Locker for Whats Chat App’
Locker for Whats Chat App helps you to protect your selected chats with a password. Here are the quick steps to lock your personal WhatsApp chats.
Step 1. Install the app from the Google Play Store and open it.
Step 2. Create a password for locking the chats.
Step 3. Add a recovery email address so that you can recover your password in case you forget it.
Step 4. Grant the accessibility permission.
Step 5. tap the ‘+’ icon, and select the chats you want to hide with the password.
Now, your selected chats are password-protected. If you tap on those chats in WhatsApp, first, you need to enter the password to go to the conversations screen.
Method 3: Hide WhatsApp Chat using GBWhatsApp
GBWhatsApp is the modded version of WhatsApp. It offers more exciting features than the original WhatsApp. Such a cool feature is the ability to hide chats within the app. Here are the steps to keep your chats private using GBWhatsApp.
Step 1. Install GBWhatsApp on your Android and log in with your WhatsApp account. (Sign in process is the same as the original WhatsApp).
Step 2. Now, long press the chat you want to hide. After selecting, tap the three-dot at the top-right side, and then, tap ‘Hide’ option.
Step 3. It will ask you to set a new pattern. Once you set up a pattern, immediately the chat will be hidden from the rest of the chat list.
Note: When a chat is hidden, if you search for the chat, it will not show up in the results.
In order to access the hidden chats,
Step 1. Go to the main chat screen, and tap ‘WhatsApp’ text at the top-left.
Step 2. Draw the pattern you’ve set previously. Now, you’ll be able to see the list of all hidden chats.
Step 3. Select the chats you want to unhide. On the top-right side, select ‘Mark chat as Visible’.
Method 4: Use App to Lock WhatsApp
There are some apps available in the Play Store that can protect your messaging apps (like, WhatsApp, Messenger, Telegram, etc.) with an extra layer of security. ‘Messenger and Chat Lock’ is one of the best security apps to lock WhatsApp with a pin. This app can silently take intruder’s photo when someone enters a wrong pin. When using WhatsApp, you can also set a time to auto-lock WhatsApp, or quickly lock WhatsApp by just shaking your phone. Here’s how to use it.
Step 1. Download and install the app from the Play Store. On opening, you will need to set a pin code which will be used in order to open WhatsApp.
Step 2. Now, a screen will appear with the list of apps that you can lock. Toggle the button to ‘On’ for WhatsApp.
Step 3. On the top of apps list, you can choose ‘Autolock Time’ to ‘Immediate’, ‘Shake to lock’ or set a time.
Method 5: Hide Whatsapp Chat Using Privacy Screen App
Privacy Screen app is another great app for your WhatsApp privacy. While typing messages at work or public places, we find many prying eyes constantly looking at the phone screen. This app focuses on protecting your privacy from those people by adding a privacy shade on your screen. You can select the area where you want the protection. That’s it, your personal conversation is protected now.
So, these are the 5 different ways to hide WhatsApp chats in Android. Now, you don’t need to worry about someone discovering your private messages. Hope you liked this post. Always feel free to share your thoughts on this, in the comments below.