WHATSAPP fans who love chatting from their desktop get a great new feature to keep snoopers away.
For years you could add a password to your WhatsApp iOS and Android app to add an extra layer of security.
But the desktop was left open – until now.
Leaked screenshots suggest WhatsApp is finally bringing a similar tool when connecting from a computer.
It’s especially useful for anyone who shares a machine with others.
Corresponding WABetaInfo who revealed the development, the password is required every time the user opens the app on their desktop device.
The feature is believed to be optional, so you’ll have to turn it on yourself to benefit from it at launch.
WABetaInfo also claims that the password is not shared with WhatsApp but stored locally.
“In case you lose the password, you will need to log out of the app and log back into WhatsApp Desktop by linking your device to the QR code,” the website says.
As this is from a beta testing build of WhatsApp, there’s no telling when bosses will roll out the new security option – if ever.
We’ll have to wait and see if it becomes official in a future update.
How to get WhatsApp beta
To download WhatsApp Beta for your smartphone, you need to go to Google Play on your smartphone Android and search for whatsapp.
Scroll down the page until you see “Become a Beta Tester”.
Tap the “I’m in” button, then tap “Join” to confirm.
Now all you have to do is wait for the update to the beta version of the app.
Join the WhatsApp beta iOS is more difficult and has a limited capacity.
Follow Apple’s instructions here.
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