WHATSAPP FOR ANDROID ADDS NEW FINGERPRINT FEATURE

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WhatsApp has announced via a blog post that its app can now be locked with a fingerprint on Android, months after iOS version got this feature. Turning the feature on means you’ll need to use your fingerprint to unlock the app even after unlocking your phone.

All chats and notifications will be lock using the same fingerprint used for the screen lock. You will be able to activate this feature one you get the latest update within the app’s privacy settings. There are options to let the lock time duration and prevent contents from appearing in notifications.

On iOS, the feature supports both Touch ID and Face ID. On Android, however, its currently limited to just fingerprint unlock.

HOW TO ACTIVATE IT

The process is pretty straightforward, especially for users who already have a fingerprint registered for unlocking the phone. Users will also need to update WhatsApp to the latest version via play store.

  • Go to WhatsApp’s Settings screen from the 3-dot menu on the top
  • Open Accounts and then Privacy, scroll down to the bottom and tap on Fingerprint lock
  • Turn on ‘unlock with fingerprint’, which you will get further options to customize the time duration for how long an unlock will last. There’s an additional option to hide the contents of the notifications.
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