How to View Locked Chats on WhatsApp

Can’t find your locked chats on WhatsApp? Want to bypass WhatsApp chat lock to view and access the Locked Chats folder without device authentication? We’ve got you covered!

WhatsApp offers a feature called Chat Lock that allows you to secure your personal chats with a biometric authentication such as fingerprint or Face ID.

All the chats you lock are moved to a separate folder on WhatsApp called Locked Chats. This folder is not only password-protected but it is also hidden from the main chats.

If you have accidentally locked your chats on WhatsApp, or were unable to unlock the authentication, you may be wondering how to access them. In this article, we will guide you through the steps to find or view your locked WhatsApp chats on both Android and iPhone devices.

How to view locked WhatsApp chats on iPhone

If you are an iOS user, you would have set up Face ID lock on your iPhone to lock your chats on WhatsApp. You can reveal the Locked Chats folder by swiping down your screen on the Chats tab. Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Launch WhatsApp on your iPhone.
  2. Go to the Chats tab.
  3. Swipe down the screen from top to bottom on the Chats tab.
  4. You will see “Locked Chats” option at the top. Tap on it.
  5. Verify your Face ID to unlock the Locked Chats folder. If the Face ID didn’t work, you also have the option to enter the passcode of your iPhone.
  6. Now you will be able to see all your locked chats in the next screen.

When you move out of the Locked Chats folder, close WhatsApp, or switch to another application on your phone, your chats get locked again automatically.

How to view locked WhatsApp chats on Android

Just like on iPhone, Android users can follow the same steps to find locked chats on WhatsApp. The difference here is the device authentication i.e you have to unlock the fingerprint lock on your Android phone to get access to the Locked Chats folder on WhatsApp. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

Step 1: Open WhatsApp on your Android device.

Step 2: Make sure you are on the Chats tab. This tab will open by default when you launch the application.

Step 3: Swipe down the screen with your finger moving from top to bottom. This will reveal the Locked Chats at the top.

Step 4: Tap on “Locked chats” option. It has a small lock icon in front of it.

Step 5: Verify your identity with fingerprint lock. Simply, touch and scan your finger on the fingerprint sensor available on your phone. Make sure your finger cover the entire sensor.

Step 6: Once your fingerprint is verified, WhatsApp will give you access to the Locked Chats folder where you will find all the chats that are locked on your WhatsApp.

How to bypass or unlock WhatsApp chat lock

WhatsApp chat lock is based on your device authentication such as fingerprint or Face ID.

If the device authentication didn’t verify your identity for some reason or you want to get access to someone’s locked chats on WhatsApp, you can bypass the WhatsApp chat lock by adding a new fingerprint or Face ID to your device.

For iPhone:

If you are iPhone user, simply go to Settings > Face ID & Passcode. Enter the passcode of your iPhone to verify your identity and then click on “Reset Face ID” option.

Once the Face ID is removed, you will see an option to set up a new Face ID. Tap on it and then scan your face as instructed. After setting up your Face ID, you will be able to access locked chats on WhatsApp with the same authentication.

For Android:

Android users can add a new fingerprint to their phone from Settings > Biometric & Security > Fingerprint. The exact steps may vary depending on your device model and Android system.

You will be asked to enter the passcode for verification. Once your fingerprint is registered, you can use it to access the Locked Chats folder on WhatsApp. As simple as that!

Frequently asked questions

Who can access your locked chats on WhatsApp?

Only the person with the authorized biometric authentication (such as fingerprint or Face ID) or the passcode can access the locked chats on your WhatsApp.

Is WhatsApp chat lock secure?

Yes, WhatsApp chat lock provides an additional layer of security for your private conversations. It uses biometric authentication or a passcode to prevent unauthorized access to specific chats. The chats are only visible and accessible after successfully verifying the device authentication.

Can we hide locked chats on WhatsApp?

Yes, WhatsApp automatically hides locked chats by moving them to a separate folder called “Locked Chats”. This folder is not visible in the main chat list and requires authentication (fingerprint or Face ID) to be accessed.


So that’s how you can view and access your locked chats on WhatsApp. We hope this guide has been helpful for both Android and iPhone users. If you have any questions in your mind, feel free to share them in the comments below.

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