WhatsApp is currently the most used messaging smartphone application with over 1.5 billion active users.
For privacy, the user may want to hide a particular chat or conversation and not delete it.
WhatsApp now has a setting that allows you to hide chat in WhatsApp. This post will share the steps to achieve that on Android, iPhone, and Windows.
After the chat is hidden it is also possible to show back the hidden chats when desired. The method to bring the chat back is also shared.
Apart from that, if you are looking to lock WhatsApp completely with a password instead of just hiding the specific chats then we have shared apps to lock apps.
Depending on whether your smartphone is Android or iPhone, the apps you need to install will differ.
Hide Chat In WhatsApp
Note that the hidden chats will be moved to the main chat screen as soon as a message is received from that group or contact. The same goes when you send a message to the group or contact you archived or hid, making the chat is not hidden anymore.
If you want to avoid it, skip to the section below where we talk about how to hide WhatsApp chats with password.
How To Hide Individual Chats On iPhone (Video)
The archived conversation is moved to the Archived Chats folder.
You can view it by swiping up on the main chat screen where the chats of all contacts are listed.
Also, check our video that shows how to hide and unhide a chat in two different ways:
You can also hide group chat by following a similar procedure for your groups in WhatsApp. To view the chat you hide or archive, select Archived Chats and you will be able to view the chat of the contact or group which you hide.
How To Hide A WhatsApp Chat On Android
The procedure is more or less the same for Android and Windows to hide chats in WhatsApp with the difference being of the options present in slightly different places.
For example, in Android, you need to long-press on the chat of the contact to get Archive option(marked with red) rather than swiping left as in the case of the iPhone.
Archive option highlighted in Red
Also, watch our video showing the steps in action:
Hide Multiple Chats At Once
You can also archive multiple chats at once.
Archive multiple chats quickly
Archive option highlighted in Red
With this, you have archived multiple chats in one go.
Archive All WhatsApp Chats In A Single Action
You can also archive/hide all the chats by following these simple steps:
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Hide WhatsApp Chats With Password (WhatsApp Lock)
If you want to avoid the case when your hidden chats show up after getting new messages, or if you want to lock WhatsApp itself instead of hiding individual chats, follow the methods below.
You can use the Messenger and Chat Lock app available on Play Store for free to lock WhatsApp.
Here’s how to use it.
There you go! The next time you open your WhatsApp after doing this it will ask for a password.
You can do it in to ways: Using a special app and setting up Touch ID on WhatsApp.
With An App
That said, you can always use workarounds. For example, you can use the Password for WhatsApp Messages app. It will make a copy of your WhatsApp messages, photos & videos and then lock them with a password. You can get this app from the App Store for $0.99.
Using Touch ID
Watch this video to see how to so it:
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How To Unhide A WhatsApp Chat
At some point, you may want to unhide some chats. Here’s how to do it.
Now, the chat of the contact you unarchived will start showing up in the main chat screen and will no longer remain hidden.
After this, the chat will be again shown on the main screen along with other chats.
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In order to hide WhatsApp chat without archive, you can lock your entire WhatsApp with a password. Use the Messenger and Chat Lock app from PlayStore to do that.
When you hide a chat on WhatsApp, it goes into the Archived section. However, each time it receives a new message to you send a new message in this chat, it will unarchive and will stop being hidden.
Hopefully, these methods allowed you to hide WhatsApp chat or lock it all together on Android or iPhone.
Note that even hidden chats will be backed up. The only way to avoid it is to disable the WhatsApp backup altogether.
Also, hiding chats won’t affect WhatsApp notifications. If notifications in WhatsApp are not working for you, read our post to see how to fix it.
If you know about better apps for Android or any free app to lock WhatsApp chat on iPhone please share via the comments section.