In February this year, Facebook-owned WhatsApp added extra privacy features for iOS users that enabled users to unlock the app via fingerprint ID or Facial recognition.
Android users all over the world were waiting for the update, and finally, WhatsApp has sent out the feature to compatible Android devices. The update, however, does not appear to be available in all regions but that is just a matter of time.
The extra layer of security can be toggled via the app’s security settings. The users also get to choose how long the app will remain unlocked after authentication. The new settings also come with options to keep the contents of your messages from popping up in the notifications panel.
This feature for Android was previously reported by WABetaInfo in August. All Android smartphones with a fingerprint sensor are compatible with the feature. Unfortunately, unlike iOS devices, Android smartphones are not yet compatible with facial unlocking, since most phones use 2d face unlock using the front camera, which is less secure.
To activate the feature, follow these steps.
- Update your WhatsApp application from the play store.
- Go to settings.
- Open Account settings.
- Move to the Privacy options.
- Scroll down at the end of the page to view fingerprint settings.
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