WhatsApp close to adding fingerprint locking feature to Android app

WhatsApp close to adding fingerprint locking feature to Android app
WhatsApp is quietly testing new ways to make its mobile app more secure. The latest addition to the Android app could be the fingerprint locking feature, which is now being tested in the beta channel.

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. Previously known as Authentication or Screen Lock, the new feature can be enabled from the Settings menu under the Account / Privacy tabs.

Keep in mind though that you will still be able to reply to messages directly from notifications, as well as answer WhatsApp calls since the app will only ask you for authentication when you want to open WhatsApp.

Fingerprint lock will also allow users to choose when they must authenticate to use the app, but they can also choose when exactly WhatsApp will automatically lock after use: immediately, after 1 minute, after 30 minutes.

For the time being, the new feature is available only in WhatsApp for Android beta, although you need version 2.19.221 or newer to find it in the Settings menu. If everything goes well during tests, Fingerprint Lock might be deployed to all Android users in the next couple of weeks.

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6 Comments

1. Georgio

Posts: 222; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

On iOS I had Face unlock on what's up since the beginning of the year; now it looks like I will get finger unlock on my note 8 as well

3. kotan24

Posts: 311; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

I thought you could use an app for that on Android..?

4. tbreezy

Posts: 10; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

You could but those apps are not great. If you have a Huawei then you can just use it’s built in App Lock functionality that allows usage of Facial Recognition and Fingerprint to Lock/Unlock any app in your phone.

5. Omega

Posts: 12; Member since: Jul 04, 2019

The App Lock is also available on Xiaomi phones and as far as i know most chinese phones also has similar feature.

6. TheOracle1

Posts: 2216; Member since: May 04, 2015

I have it already since I'm on beta but use the built-in one on my phone.

2. Dbosss

Posts: 35; Member since: Mar 18, 2019

Giving the biometrics to Facebook child app!? :/ ill think twice before i do that...

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