WhatsApp launched fingerprint lock feature for Android phone users

WhatsApp launched fingerprint lock feature for Android phone users WhatsApp users on Android can now use fingerprint lock for unlocking the app. The feature was earlier available to iPhone users. This feature will only unlock WhatsApp with the user’s fingerprint sensor data.

WhatsApp launched fingerprint lock feature for Android phone users

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WhatsApp launched fingerprint lock feature for Android phone users

WhatsApp recently announced the rollout of the fingerprint lock for Android users. The feature was earlier available to iPhone users.

With this feature, the company aims to provide an extra layer of security to its users. The users who want their chats to be protected will have to install the latest version of WhatsApp.

Earlier this year, the company rolled out the biometric unlocking feature of WhatsApp for iPhone.

The feature was rolled out previously to iPhones where WhatsApp allowed its users to lock the app with TouchID or FaceID authentication.

For iPhone users, only Face ID is supported, which includes the iPhone X and 11 families. 3D Face Unlock is not supported on Android, so phones without a fingerprint scanner are out of luck.

The latest privacy feature comes shortly after WhatsApp revealed its platform was hacked using Israel-based surveillance firm NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware. The company has also sued the Israel firm.

According to WhatsApp, about 1,400 users around the world were targeted by the Pegasus spyware. WhatsApp claimed that the tool was used to exploit the vulnerability in its video-calling feature to conduct cyber attacks.

How the fingerprint lock feature will be helpful for Android phone users?

WhatsApp launched fingerprint lock feature for Android phone users 

# WhatsApp on Android now allows users to set a fingerprint to unlock authentication for the app. This means that you can now secure your WhatsApp conversations with an additional layer of biometric security.

# Also it means you can bid goodbye to all those third-party app lockers or the thought of switching to an iPhone just for the sake of this feature.

# This new feature will basically allow users to secure their WhatsApp app with their fingerprint data every time someone opens the app on the phone.

How to activate fingerprint unlock for WhatsApp on Android?

WhatsApp launched fingerprint lock feature for Android phone users

# Initially to employing an additional layer of security for your WhatsApp chats, you need to update the app from the Google Play Store.

# Secondly, your phone should have registered fingerprints for unlocking via the fingerprint sensor.

# Once you ensure the previous steps, open the WhatsApp app on your phone and tap on the ‘three-dot menu’ on the top-right corner. Then head over to Settings.

# Under Settings, navigate to Account and then under the Privacy section, you will find the Fingerprint Lock option. Tap on it to open the option.

# Switch on the toggle ‘Unlock with Fingerprint’ and the phone might ask you to input your fingerprint once. After doing that, your WhatsApp is now protected with the fingerprint sensor.

# If you want to change the time limit for WhatsApp to lock the app after you exit, you can do so from the same option.

# You can choose the app to lock it be default immediately or you can choose time limits of at least 1 minute or at most 30 minutes after you exit from the app.

# You can even choose whether you want the app to show the message content in the notifications.

# After this, every time you open WhatsApp, you will have to touch the fingerprint sensor on your phone to authenticate and open it. The feature will work on both capacitive fingerprint sensors and in-display fingerprint sensor.

Conclusion

To turn WhatsApp Fingerprint Lock for Android on, users will have to visit Settings > Account > Privacy > Fingerprint lock.

Once they enable the Unlock with fingerprint option, they will have to confirm their fingerprint. The feature should start rolling out soon for Android users across the globe.

Note that the feature is disabled by default and you have to manually activate it. WhatsApp gives you the option to set automatic lock “immediately”, “after 1 minute”, and “after 30 minutes.”

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