With the boon in digitalization, security comes in with high priority. Almost every smartphone out there whether in a budget or a flagship segment comes with a built-in fingerprint sensor.
This fingerprint sensor, not just unlocks your device but also gives extra protection to a number of apps. With fingerprint authentication enabled nobody can access these apps on your device.
This security measure is a much-anticipated feature which is now available on WhatsApp with its latest beta version.
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Steps to Enable Fingerprint Authentication on WhatsApp
- First set up a native fingerprint authentication for your device. (Mandatory)
- Now open WhatsApp and heads towards the “Settings Panel“.
- Inside the settings panel click on “Account“.
- And click on “Privacy“.
- Under privacy, search for “Fingerprint Lock” and click on it.
- On the resultant page, toggle on “Unlock with Fingerprint“.
- The device will ask you to authenticate the same with fingerprint twice. Just do it.
- Post successful authentication you will have the option to show or hide content in notifications and to set auto-lock timer as per your liking.
- You are done! Now every time you open WhatsApp you will have to authenticate the same with your fingerprint.
Things to Remember
- The feature is only available in the latest 2.19.221 or higher beta version of the app. Signup to become a beta tester here and simply update the app to the latest beta version available.
- If you do not see the option to “Unlock with fingerprint” then simply backup necessary data on Google Drive and reinstall the app.
- If still, you do not see the option handy then you might just have to wait for the same to get enabled for your device in the future.
- The same was enabled for iOS beta users a long time back where they could use Touch ID to unlock WhatsApp.
- Even when the app is locked, you can reply to messages from the notification shade and answer WhatsApp calls as well. This would be possible only if you enable “Show Content in Notifications“.