How to Hide WhatsApp Chat without Archive? – Steps

Archiving chats to hide the chat is the only option when users want them to be safely hidden so that the outsiders don’t have any kind of access to it. But the archive is not the best solution for hiding chats as it’s a known method. 

There are several ways by which chats can be stored as well as hidden safely from everyone without an archive. 

To hide WhatsApp chat, you can backup them for the current time and restore them from your Google drive anytime to have access to it again. Even to hide chats by exporting those chats by email is also an option to protect the chats from being lost while you delete those from the chat list. 

You can even hide them using mod applications like GB WhatsApp or you can lock them without hiding them.

So if you’re following these techniques then you no longer need to use the archive to hide the chats but do it in a more efficient way that cannot be accessed by anyone except you. 

In this article, you’ll get to know about the method or techniques you can use to hide chats without archives. All the details of these techniques are mentioned in a comprehensive way for you to follow and understand. 

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 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, 

  • First, you need to open the WhatsApp application.
  • Then tap and select the three-dot symbol at the top right corner of the screen.
  • From the drop-down options, tap on the last option Settings.
  • Then you need to tap on the option Chats to get into the chat setting of the application.
  • Scroll down and click on the option Chat backup.
  • 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.
  • Then choose any of the backup frequencies except the option Never after clicking on the option Back to up to Google Drive.
whatsapp backup

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 login 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 which has the backed-up data.
  • Then tap on Restore to have it back.
restore chat backup whatsapp

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,

  • First of all, open the WhatsApp application.
  • Now tap on that individual chat or group chat that you want to export.
  • You’ll find the three dots options, tap on them
  • From the drop-down options, click on the last one i.e More.
  • Then click on the option Export chat.
  • Then click on the option Include media to include all the pictures, audios, and videos. 
  • Then export it by mailing it to someone to have a copy of the chat.
export whatsapp chat

3.  Hide Chat using GBwhatsApp

Using this mod application can help you have a feature to hide your chats with just a click. GBWhatsapp is a tweaked version of the original WhatsApp application but it has tons of more advanced features to help users have a better experience.

Note that if you’re using an iPhone and not an android then first jailbreak your device to use this kind of tweaked apps. 

All the instructions and information about how you can hide the chats using GBWhatsApp are given below as points.

To hide chats using GBWhatsApp,

  • Download the GBwhatsapp application on your device.
  • Then open the application and enter your WhatsApp number to log in then verify it using the OTP.
  • To hide the chat, simply select the one and then tap on the More options (placed as three dots ) and click on the option Hide.
  • Now hide it providing a pattern that would keep it hidden and safe.

Note that you need to remember the pattern of your setting as you would need it to reveal and unhide it again.

  • To unhide it, click on the WhatsApp icon, after opening the GBWhatsapp, which you’ll find at the top left corner, and then unlock it using the same pattern to see the chats.
  • Then unhide it by selecting on the chat, then tapping the three-dot icon and clicking on the option Mark as unread. 

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.

  • Open WhatsApp application.
  • Now click on the three-dot sign at the top right corner of the screen.
  • Then click on the option Settings.
  • On the next page, click on the Account option.
  • On the Account page, click on the first option i.e Privacy.
  • Scroll down and click on the last option i.e Fingerprint lock.
  • Enable it on the next page by setting and confirming the fingerprint.
whatsapp fingerprint on

Using a Third-party Application:

In the Google play store, you’ll find many third-party application lockers such as KeepLock, AppLock, etc.

Install the AppLock from the play store to lock the WhatsApp application. This would liberate you from hiding the chats as well as protect WhatsApp applications from being accessed by outsiders. You’ll be able to choose the applications which you want to lock using this locker.

Follow the steps to setup:

  • Install the application AppLock from the Google play store.
  • Open it on your device.
  • While opening it you’ll find the application asking you to provide a pattern to lock and unlock the apps with.
  • Set a pattern and confirm it by redrawing the same pattern.

Note: You need to remember this pattern which you’re setting immediately after opening the app locker. As you would need it to unlock all the applications which you’ll lock using this locker and even the app itself will be unlocked using this pattern.

  • After getting in the application, you’ll find the Privacy heading and below that, you’ll see the list of applications under the General subheading.
  • Scroll down and select WhatsApp.
  • Then you need to provide the app locker with permission to lock the other apps on the next page by enabling the switch next to AppLock by swiping it right and that’s how it’s done. 

The Bottom Lines:

This article explained the best tips that you can follow in order to hide any chat on your WhatsApp that can be done without archiving the chat. This article has mentioned three different ways that you can take in order to hide any WhatsApp chat without archiving it, either you can restore it later or just export it to email or with a link.

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