WhatsApp update allows users to lock it behind Face ID or Touch ID

WhatsApp update allows users to lock it behind Face ID or Touch ID
WhatsApp has just received a small but important update, which will make your conversations safer from prying eyes. The update is related to Face ID and Touch ID features, and it's only available on the iOS app for the time being.

The folks over at WhatsApp have decided to add an extra layer of security for those using the app and allow them to lock the app behind Face ID or Touch ID. To benefit from the new security feature, simply head to Settings / Account / Privacy and make sure to enable Screen Lock.

Once Screen Lock is enabled, every time you open WhatsApp, the app will require Face ID or Touch ID to unlock, otherwise, you won't be able to use. Of course, if you're using WhatsApp quite often, the additional security protection added in the latest update may be bothersome, but better safe than sorry.

There's one more thing you should know: even when Screen Lock is enabled, you will still be able to view WhatsApp notifications if the preview feature is on. Also, you can still use the quick reply within iOS without having to use Face ID or Touch ID when Screen Lock is enabled.

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35 Comments

29. babyk

Posts: 379; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

So apple is buttery smooth etc etc so what ? My s9 plus is as smooth as any iPhone and I dont care what any of you trolls say. You are bragging about a phone that uses everyone's parts inside it Samsung parts inside it smh.

27. Valdomero

Posts: 708; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

An extra layer of security, this is nice to have. People making fun of how late this feature is available in iOS when Android had this for years (thru 3rd party apps, and some system-baked feature), well better late than never.

10. Gryffin

Posts: 96; Member since: Dec 19, 2018

My a5(2017) had a preinstalled app (SSecure). It was able to lock apps and hide them using biometrics.

12. eximious55

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 04, 2019

that(SSecure) can be uninstalled easily :P bcoz it can't lock itself

5. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1227; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Lol, cute, I locked it with both fingerprints and facial recognition on my Mate 20 Pro since last year. Nothing new here except for iPhone users. Lol and the iPhone one still shows your messages in preview, lol.

6. adeelzsoomro

Posts: 37; Member since: Jan 07, 2019

No, it’s not previews messages, for your kind information the feature you used is based on EMUI and this lock feature comes directly from the developer.

9. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

That only means that IOS doesn't have the feature baked in already. Kinda pathetic.

7. whatev

Posts: 2465; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Except that I could show a pic to your phone and access your WhatsApp easily ^_^

8. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

But you couldn't show a pic to his fingerprint scanner!

26. Valdomero

Posts: 708; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

If you lock the preview messages within iOS you can only see the chats if you validate Face ID, that's baked into the system. It's a nice feature to have, nothing to mock on either OS.

3. midan

Posts: 3273; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

NICE!

2. mariosraptor

Posts: 195; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

Not yet on Greek App Store.

1. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Devs loving iOS.

4. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

This is a thing? Hmmmm How was IOS locking it before?

11. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

On most Android devices, you can choose which app you want to protect with an extra layer of biometrics. Not only Whatsapp but any app.

13. cmdacos

Posts: 4423; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Shhhhh... no secrets

24. whatev

Posts: 2465; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

You didn’t thank me in the other thread when I taught you how to count, how ungrateful of you

14. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

Most? I think you mean all.

15. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

As an Android user these are the little things I take for granted. I've not spent much time on IOS but I'm sure there are several other features like this that aren't natively available. Meanwhile ios users keep blabbering about how great it is. Frankly speaking ios sucks even more than I originally thought.

16. adeelzsoomro

Posts: 37; Member since: Jan 07, 2019

I switched from Samsung galaxy and bought iPhone 3 weeks ago, first 2 days I missed my galaxy and I missed android’s openness and customisations, but third day I am in love with my iPhone. I never seen such quality of apps and smoothness in an android. Let me summarise “Android is for boys who like boldness in his teenage and iOS is for men’s who like simplicity in his life”.

17. midan

Posts: 3273; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

" I never seen such quality of apps and smoothness in an android" Well said!

18. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

Samsung do not represent all android devices by any means. I haven't used one in six years. I can assure you that there are faster and smoother android phones out there than a Galaxy. Tell us which other Android devices you've used. Quality of apps like what? Apple maps?

19. adeelzsoomro

Posts: 37; Member since: Jan 07, 2019

I used Galaxy, Sony , Oneplus, Nexus and HTC. Non of them matches the fluidity and smoothness of iOS. I am talking about third party apps

20. whatev

Posts: 2465; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Leave it like that son, he’s a troll and hates apple for fun, I’ve dealt with him sometimes, it’s like talking to a dog, even a dog is more comprehensive

21. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

Oh Lord! The lead singer of the i8 interjects with more drivel.

22. whatev

Posts: 2465; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

I heard there’s a special discount on the butthurt cream on amazon for people like you, stop whining and buy some bottles and enjoy your life, live and let others live with their own preferences, you won’t change the world for more trolling you do here, do you know that?

25. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

Lol. The number one iFool is striking back the best way he knows how. Are you still trying to use peoples photos on their fingerprint scanners? Moron.

28. whatev

Posts: 2465; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Not really, I prefer a safer and quicker way to secure my phone, well it depends on how you interpret that, the mate maybe safer, it requires several times for the screen to read the fingerprint, and maybe it can lock to the owner, protects the content even from the owner, or use a the easy way by showing the pic and unlocking, that pair of security options are a luxury to have, seriously :))))))

30. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

Your post is a garbled mess that's indecipherable. The point is that your precious iPhone doesn't have a fps any longer whilst Android still gives you the choice of one or both. Now go and give the iPhone back to your mom so she can drive you to daycare.

33. whatev

Posts: 2465; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Lmaaaaaaooooooo, your triggerness and butthurtness give me so much lifeeeee, hahahahahaa, thanks for these moments of joy, I really appreciate it ;)

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