Earlier this year, WhatsApp rolled out Touch ID and Face ID for iPhone to provide an extra layer of security for WhatsApp users.
Today they’ve introduced similar authentication for Android users, this feature is here to allow the users of WhatsApp to unlock the app with their fingerprint. This Unlock fingerprint feature for WhatsApp is a feature mainly design to unlock the app only and is different from the usual phone’s Screen unlock option.
It’s worth knowing that, the feature is only available for some specific Android devices. To use the fingerprint unlock feature, you must first activate/enable it on your WhatsApp application settings menu.
How to Enable/Activate The fingerprint Unlock
It’s simple and easy to activate/enable the fingerprint lock on the WhatsApp messenger. just follow the below steps and get the feature activated.
Launch WhatsApp>Tap Settings > Account > Privacy > Fingerprint lock. Toggle Turn on Unlock with fingerprint and confirm your fingerprint.
Here, You’ll see three options to choose from. You can choose to let the app remain unlocked for one or 30 minutes after which it unlocks. You can also immediately lock the content or locked after one minute. The choice is yours.
According to Whatsapp, the new rolled feature on Android will only be available for some specific regions. This means once you are not located in those regions, you can not use the new feature. However, it also states that the new fingerprint lock will soon be available for all users in all the regions that WhatsApp is available. See the official announcement of the new feature here.
WhatsApp was founded by Jan Koum and Brian Acton who had previously spent 20 years combined at Yahoo. WhatsApp joined Facebook in 2014 but continues to operate as a separate app with a laser focus on building a messaging service that works fast and reliably anywhere in the world.