WhatsApp Gets Fingerprint For Security: Here’s How to Enable It

WhatsApp on iPhone offers 3D Face ID for additional security. 

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WhatApp has other added security features like FaceID for the iPhone.

WhatsApp has been adding a lot of security features to its platform to secure the user’s conversations from prying eyes.

Only a few weeks ago we saw the beta version of the app introduce a fingerprint lock for the app and now the Facebook-owned messaging platform has rolled out the final version of the feature. WhatsApp announced the same on its official blog.

The feature has been rolled out to all Android users and will be able to lock WhatsApp using the same fingerprint they use to unlock their phones.

For users to receive this feature they must update their WhatsApp to the latest version of the software from their respective app stores. For Android, the current latest build number is 2.19.308.


How to Activate Fingerprint Lock On WhatsApp

  • Go to Setting on WhatsApp
  • Select Accounts
  • Select Privacy
  • Enable the Fingerprint Lock option
WhatsApp fingerprint security feature can be activated in Settings.
WhatsApp fingerprint security feature can be activated in Settings.
(Photo: WhatsApp screenshot)

Users will also be able to customise the time duration of the lock between ‘immediately and 30 minutes’.

There is also an option to enable the user to view contents inside a notification. This ensures you don’t always have to open the app to view who is sending you the message and what’s inside.

The feature works well for both physical fingerprint sensors and ones with in-display technology. For iPhone users, the feature is only available on the Face ID sensor, limiting its usage to variants like the iPhone X, XS and the new iPhone 11 series.

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