This article mainly talks about WhatsApp desktop password protection. It also shows you how to put a lock on WhatsApp mobile app.
WhatsApp is one of the most popular and widely used instant messaging and VoIP services in the world. It allows users to easily send messages, make calls and share files. WhatsApp is available as a mobile app for iOS and Android devices. It also provides a desktop app for Mac and Windows computers.
In the digital age, privacy protection is more important than ever. WhatsApp has taken efforts to protect users’ data. For example, it puts end-to-end encryption on chats and backup data.
What can users do to protect privacy on WhatsApp? You can sign out of the app, but it will be impractical because you probably use WhatsApp on a daily and even hourly basis. Also, you can lock your computer or phone when you are away from it, but sometimes there are situations where you have to let others use your device. There’s a solution! You can lock WhatsApp desktop or mobile app. Let’s look at how to set password for whatsapp desktop and mobile app below.
macOS doesn’t come with a feature for you to put a password on individual apps. Luckily, there are third-party tools available. You can easily and effectively password protect WhatsApp desktop with Cisdem AppCrypt, the best app locker and website blocker for Mac.
Now the WhatsApp desktop app is locked.
When you or someone else tries to open it, a dialog box will show up asking for password. To unlock WhatsApp, one will need to enter the correct password.
If one enters the wrong password, WhatsApp will still be locked and secured. And AppCrypt will record this failed attempt with the date and time and take a photo of the person who tried to break in.
To remove the lock, select WhatsApp under the App Lock tab and press the delete key.
As long as AppCrypt is running, it will prevent any unauthorized access to the locked WhatsApp. Here is how to make this tool run all the time. Click Preferences in the toolbar. Enable Launch at system startup.
There is also an option, which, if enabled, will automatically relock WhatsApp when WhatsApp is unlocked and inactive for a period of time. Enable the option if needed.
You lock WhatsApp for the sake of privacy protection. If you want to lock certain apps during certain hours to reduce distractions or to limit screen time, the Schedule feature can help.
There is also a feature to block websites. Choose the Web Block tab in the main window. You can block specific websites and webpages or block websites by category. Also, the feature lets you block all websites except approved ones.
If you use a Windows PC and want to prevent others who can access your PC from opening your WhatsApp desktop app, you can use My Lockbox. It’s easy to use and has a simple interface. Below is how to use it to put WhatsApp desktop password lock.
Now WhatsApp is locked. When you try to open it, a message will pop up telling you that access is denied.
To unlock, open My Lockbox and enter the password. And now the Unlock option should be available.
The content above is for WhatsApp desktop app. Now let’s talk about the mobile one.
To offer additional security, WhatsApp allows iPhone users to protect its app with Touch ID or Face ID, depending on the iPhone model.
Note: When WhatsApp is locked, if a call comes in, you can still answer it. And you can still reply to messages from notifications.
To be able to use Touch ID or Face ID for WhatsApp, you need to first set up Touch ID or Face ID in your device’s settings.
Before October 2019, there were two ways for Android users to secure WhatsApp app. If your phone provides a built-in feature to lock apps, then you can readily use it. If not, you can use a third-party app locker. On October 31, 2019, WhatsApp introduced fingerprint lock for Android. Note that it’s only for Android devices with a fingerprint sensor running Android 6.0+. And it doesn’t work on certain Samsung models (Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, or Samsung Galaxy Note 8).
Also note that the locking doesn’t prevents you from answering a WhatsApp call.
If you turn on the option Show content in notifications, you will be able to preview messages inside message notifications.
To turn off the fingerprint lock for WhatsApp, go to the app’s settings and turn off Unlock with fingerprint.
As you can see, it’s easy to apply WhatsApp desktop password protection and mobile app fingerprint locks. By doing so, you can keep your chat, conversations and privacy away from prying eyes. If there isn’t a built-in feature to lock apps, you can turn to third-party solutions such as AppCrypt for Mac. In addition to adding WhatsApp lock, you can also use the same tool to lock other apps on your computer.
Connie has been writing for Mac productivity and utility apps since 2009. Each review and solution is based on her practical tests, she is aways energetic and trustworthy in this field.
I want WhatsApp to require a password when one tries to access it. AppCrypt is exactly what I need.
It's nice to be able to securely lock your WhatsApp. Especially when friends,family and who know uses my Mac...