WhatsApp starts working on Touch ID security feature for Android users

WhatsApp starts working on Touch ID security feature for Android users
It looks like WhatsApp is playing nice with Android users after all. Back in October, WhatsApp started working on a new feature that would allow iOS users to authenticate using two security methods – Face ID and Touch ID, but there was no word on whether or not these features will make it to Android app as well.

WhatsApp starts working on Touch ID security feature for Android users
Fortunately, new info has just emerged that confirms WhatsApp will bring at least one of the two security features to its Android app. WabetaInfo reports the latest beta version of WhatsApp includes the so-called Touch ID feature.

With the new security feature, WhatsApp users will be able to authenticate using their fingerprint. A new fingerprint option has been added under the Privacy tab and it works just like on iOS. Once it's enabled, WhatsApp will ask for your fingerprint every time you open the app.

If for some reason your phone doesn't correctly detect your fingerprint, you'll be able to open WhatsApp using the device credentials. Obviously, the new feature will require a fingerprint sensor and Android Marshmallow or newer versions of the OS.

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8 Comments

1. AgentH

Posts: 17; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

There's a Touch ID for Android? Nice

2. LEEDAQ

Posts: 142; Member since: Aug 07, 2018

why don't they make it chat history transferable between iOS to Android first? hello it's fkn 2019

4. KingSam

Posts: 1336; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

It’s annoying when I switch between android and iOS I lose my chats. This would be great.

3. ahmadkun

Posts: 508; Member since: May 02, 2016

i'm using Yowhatsapp and i have this feature almost 2 years ago :)

5. EvilAPi

Posts: 114; Member since: Sep 25, 2017

Using “Touch ID” on Android article? iPhoneArena confirmed again.

6. worldpeace

Posts: 3077; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Everyone who want this feature already use built-in app locker on their android.

7. TheOracle1

Posts: 1823; Member since: May 04, 2015

Exactly. It's already built into Android. Why is this news?

8. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Facebook wants your fingerprint. Just use the built-in app locker so that only the phone manufacturer gets your fingerprint.

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