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WhatsApp For Android Now Supports Fingerprint Lock

by Abeerah Hashim

WhatsApp is a popular messenger among users, even after Facebook acquired it. From its ease of use to end-to-end encryption, it offers almost all necessary features to keep users happy and secure. However, one of its features made the app somewhat vulnerable to snoopers – the absence of a logout option. Moreover, it also had no other option to keep the app safe from unauthorized access. However, the app developers have now addressed this issue on a broader level. After WhatsApp for iOS, the WhatsApp for Android now also supports the fingerprint lock feature.

WhatsApp Fingerprint Lock For Android

As announced in a recent blog post, WhatsApp has now launched a dedicated application locking feature for Android. The new WhatsApp for Android now supports fingerprint lock for added privacy. Hence, users with fingerprint scan capabilities on their devices no longer need to use third-party app-locking apps to secure their chats.

The Facebook-owned messenger WhatsApp has rolled-out this feature as an “extra layer of security for WhatsApp users”. The company has seamlessly introduced this feature to the Android devices supporting fingerprint lock.

WhatsApp for Android fingerprint lock

Apart from being a useful app lock, WhatsApp has also taken care of not making this feature a nuisance. Thus, users can also adjust the duration for automatic app lock from 1 minute or 30 minutes. Moreover, they can continue to answer calls even when the app is locked.

How To Enable Fingerprint Lock

All WhatsApp users with the fingerprint scan feature in their Android devices should now see the new feature in their app. To turn on fingerprint lock for WhatsApp, simply follow these steps.

  1. Open your WhatsApp app and go to the Settings.
  2. Tap on the ‘Account’ option.
  3. Tap on ‘Privacy’.
  4. Scroll down to find the new ‘Fingerprint lock’ feature at the end, then tap on it.
  5. Enable the ‘Unlock with fingerprint’ option and confirm your fingerprint. You can also choose one of the three timer options to manage the automatic app lock.

Earlier this year, WhatsApp also launched a similar feature in WhatsApp for iOS supporting Touch ID or Face ID.

Recently, WhatsApp also hinted about plans to roll-out a ‘Disappearing Messages’ feature allowing users to send auto-deleting messages.

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