Fingerprint Unlock Comes to WhatsApp Beta for Android

Ceria Alfonso
Agosto 13, 2019

In February this year, WhatsApp had rolled out the Authentication feature for iOS beta users, making it possible to use Touch ID to unlock the app.

WhatsApp Beta version 2.19.221 now spots this feature which can be found in Settings Privacy Fingerprint Lock. The feature adds a button called Edit that when tapped will automatically take the user to the section that allows for the edit to happen.

In case you're interested in trying out the new feature, you can do so by going over to Settings Account Privacy and toggling on the "Fingerprint Lock" option.

You can choose to hide content in notifications too, once fingerprint unlock is enabled.

WABetaInfo, one of the go-to sites for upcoming WhatsApp features, is reporting that there's a new security feature on the horizon for the world's favourite messaging application (outside of China).

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Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp has today rolled out a feature where you will be able to unlock WhatsApp on your smartphone by using the fingerprint sensor on your Android device. If you have already updated to the latest version, and don't see the feature, try backing up chat history and reinstalling the same WhatsApp version. The feature will work on Android Marshmallow and above. Users can choose from these options according to their preference.

When you enable this feature, you'll be asked if you want the lock to be activated as soon as you close WhatsApp or wait for either 30 seconds or 1 minute. As per a new report by WabetaInfo, WhatsApp has been working on the fingerprint locking feature for quite a few months now, but the new function is not yet ready for prime time.

If you disable this option, you would be able to reply to messages from the notification bar and even accept or decline WhatsApp calls without having to punch in your biometrics.

To update WhatsApp beta to the latest version, head to the Play Store or download it from APK Mirror.

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