Wednesday, 21 August, 2019

WhatsApp's fingerprint unlock feature arrives on Android in latest beta

WhatsApp Beta for Android Finally Gets Fingerprint Lock Feature WhatsApp Fingerprint Lock Feature For Android Beta Users Rolled Out; How To Activate The Feature on Android Smartphone
Cecil Davis | 14 August, 2019, 08:28

WhatsApp has been working on Fingerprint support on Android for a long time now and the latest update has finally enabled it for the Beta users.

According to WABetainfo, you need to update your WhatsApp to get the app if you do not see this feature. The latest beta has also bumped the app to v2.19.221. Right now, the 2.19.3 beta update is rolling out in batches and it's yet to pop up on Google Play Store as well.

WABetaInfo, one of the go-to sites for upcoming WhatsApp features, is reporting that there's a new security feature on the horizon for the world's favourite messaging application (outside of China).

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You can set a timer for the automatic lock - this can happen immediately, after 1 minute, or after 30 minutes. Also, note that the widget content is hidden by default when you enable the feature, though if you wanted privacy in your chats, you wouldn't be adding a preview widget to your homescreen. 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.

In case you're interested in trying out the new feature, you can do so by going over to Settings Account Privacy and toggling on the "Fingerprint Lock" option. After introducing Touch ID unlock on iOS, the feature would soon be available on Android. Then again, that's pretty much to be expected, as that data resides on your handset alone in a secure element, not even Google has access to it. The company has not announced when it will be making the feature available on its stable app. Notably, the feature requires the phone to be running Android Marshmallow or higher, and feature a fingerprint scanner. The Fingerprint lock can be verified and enable the feature if they would like to use it. With this feature, you only have to unlock it when you open the app, otherwise, you can attend the WhatsApp calls without unlocking the app.