WhatsApp Brings Fingerprint Lock Feature to Android With Latest Beta

13 August, 2019, 21:25 | Author: Sammy Rose
  • With this new feature your chats are safe as Whats App will work with your saved biometric credentials – the same one you use to unlock your phone

Thankfully it seems it's still business as usual amongst the hard-working dev team at WhatsApp.

One of WhatsApp's most awaited features, fingerprint authentication, is finally rolling out to Android users. So if you're a WhatsApp Beta user, you'll be able to enjoy the features much ahead of stable users, and for the most part, the beta version of WhatsApp is very stable.

However, once enabled, the fingerprint security will require you to produce your fingerprint whenever you attempt to open the application.

According to WABetainfo, you need to update your WhatsApp to get the app if you do not see this feature.

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

There are several Android users who're relying on third-party apps or in-built app locker to secure WhatsApp, but once the Authentication feature rolls out to the public, they can make use of the in-built option itself.

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If you're simultaneously anxious about security and putting your messaging app widget on your home screen though, then you probably aren't really that anxious by security. WhatsApp is also reportedly making use of Android's fingerprint APIs, so your fingerprint data is only used on-device for authentication and not sent to Facebook's servers.

It is important to note that the "Fingerprint Lock" feature will ask the users to authenticate the fingerprint store on the OS.

WhatsApp recently made its fingerprint lock feature available for iOS users.

If you're already a beta tester for WhatsApp, you can activate the functionality by tapping on the hamburger menu (three dots on the top right corner) and then selecting Settings Account Privacy Fingerprint lock.

If that is not the case and WhatsApp wants to keep a copy of your fingerprints, then there may be some alarm bells. Notably, the feature requires the phone to be running Android Marshmallow or higher, and feature a fingerprint scanner.


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