✎ Key Points:
» You can hide WhatsApp chats without archiving them by backing up the chats and restoring them from Google Drive when needed.
» Use the option of exporting chats via email to safeguard conversations while removing them from the chat list.
How To Hide WhatsApp Chats Without Archive:
You can try the below methods to hide WhatsApp chats without an archive:
1. Backing up WhatsApp Data
When you’re trying to hide a chat by deleting it, you can use backup to store it in Google Drive and then restore it after reinstalling WhatsApp.
So deleting the chats without storing them in the backup is never an option as it doesn’t let you get the chats back. So hide it by backing the chats up.
The instructions below have the details about the whole process of how you can back up your chats to hide them and then restore them when needed.
To backup your chats for hiding them for the time being,
🔴 Steps To Follow:
Step 1: First, you need to open the WhatsApp application.
Step 2: Then tap and select the three-dot symbol at the top right corner of the screen.
Step 3: From the drop-down options, tap on the last option Settings.
Step 4: Then you need to tap on the option Chats to get into the chat setting of the application.
Step 5: Scroll down and click on the option Chat backup.
Step 6: Now that you’re on the backup page of the application, you’ll find the headline Google Drive settings. Under that click on Google Account to choose one Google account where you’re willing to store the backed-up data if you’ve not chosen the Google account.
Step 7: Then choose any of the backup frequencies except the option Never after clicking on the option Back to up to Google Drive.
Note that you use the option of both WiFi And Cellular Data to continue the backup even when you’re using a data connection.
◘ Then ultimately click on the option BACK UP to start the process.
🔯 To restore the data:
After the reinstallation of WhatsApp, you need to log into the account using your phone number.
Then WhatsApp will ask you to find and restore your data from Google Drive. To continue with it you need to click on Continue.
After you permit the application of WhatsApp with the access to check the Google Drive account, select the Google account that has the backed-up data.
Then tap on Restore to have it back.
2. Hide WhatsApp Chat by Exporting
Here’s another way that you can apply to hide your WhatsApp chat. To apply this technique you need to export your WhatsApp chat by mailing it so that when you’re deleting the chat, there’s still a copy of the particular chat with you.
You can do it simply by exporting the chats from WhatsApp and then mailing it to someone to whom it’s safe. So when you have to hide the chat, exporting the chat to someone to have a copy of it even if you delete is always a safe option to follow.
This keeps the chat hidden and no one would find it again even if they go through your WhatsApp.
Note that this can be for individual chats or group chats only. You can’t export all your chat history at once but don’t individually one after another if needed.
To export WhatsApp chat to other locations,
🔴 Steps To Follow:
Step 1: First of all, open the WhatsApp application.
Step 2: Now tap on that individual chat or group chat that you want to export.
Step 3: You’ll find the three dots options, tap on them.
Step 4: From the drop-down options, click on the last one i.e More.
Step 5: Then click on the option Export chat.
Step 6: Then click on the option Include media to include all the pictures, audio, and videos.
Then export it by mailing it to someone to have a copy of the chat.
🔯 Use an Alternative lock – Without Hiding chats
Even if you’re hiding the chats, it’s not safe, when someone accesses WhatsApp against your will. To lock your WhatsApp to protect it from unwanted access, you don’t need to hide or archive the chats but lock the applications using a fingerprint, pattern, or passcode.
You can lock your WhatsApp application to protect it from being accessed by others using the fingerprint lock feature which the app itself provides its users. The following steps will guide you through it.
🔴 Steps To Follow:
Step 1: Open the WhatsApp application.
Step 2: Now click on the three-dot sign at the top right corner of the screen.
Step 3: Then click on the option Settings.
Step 4: On the next page, click on the Account option.
Step 5: On the Account page, click on the first option i.e Privacy.
Step 6: Scroll down and click on the last option i.e Fingerprint lock.
Step 7: Enable it on the next page by setting and confirming the fingerprint.