Two WhatsApp settings you mustn’t ignore – check them out now

WHATSAPP has tons of useful features that make messaging safer.

Two features in particular are super handy if you’re worried about people snooping around in your texts.

WhatsApp has many handy security features

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Whatsapp lock

It is very important to lock your WhatsApp separately on your iPhone.

This means that people using your phone cannot read your texts.

To set this up you need to go to your WhatsApp settings.

Then tap on “Account” and then on “Privacy”.

From here you can turn on “Screen Lock” with either Touch ID or Face ID.

You can also select a duration when the ID will be required again.

Now when you open the app, it will ask for your fingerprints or a picture of your face to verify that it’s really you.

You can still read and quickly reply to messages in your notification window, so the tool isn’t foolproof.

You can also receive WhatsApp calls.

If this is a problem, you can always turn off all message previews in your iPhone settings.

WhatsApp self destructing texts

WhatsApp can automatically delete the SMS you have sent after a certain period of time.

The setting aims to improve your privacy – by destroying old WhatsApp messages.

You can set message disappearance to automatically turn on for all new chats—without affecting existing conversations.

Also added two new durations for disappearing messages, 24 hours and 90 days.

So you can now choose from a total of four options: 24 hours, 7 days, 90 days or off.

Go to Settings > Account > Privacy and then enable the default message timer.

This feature was only introduced a few weeks ago, so make sure you’ve updated WhatsApp to the latest version.

Keep in mind that this system is not perfect.

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