Get fingerprint authentication feature for Android WhatsApp


How to enable

  • Download the latest beta
  • Open WhatsApp and click on ⋮ (three dots symbol)
  • Goto Settings -> Account -> Privacy -> Use Fingerprint to unlock
  • Now you can capture a new fingerprint and you can also set lock back duration.
  • You are done.

WhatsApp introduced fingerprint authentication feature to Android users. The new security feature has been spotted in the Android beta version 2.19.83.

The fingerprint authentication feature for WhatsApp was only available for the iOS users. For iPhone and iPad users, the authentication works with both Face ID and Touch ID. Once the feature is made available to everyone, WhatsApp users on Android platform will have to authenticate their identity every time they open the app.

As per the beta tracker website, WABetainfo, the fingerprint feature in the Android OS is disabled by default and it won’t work even for the beta users. The tracker says that the new fingerprint authentication feature will let the Android users unlock their WhatsApp using a fingerprint sensor.

The new authorisation method will make third party locking apps, which were very popular, redundant. The fingerprint authentication mechanism will add an extra layer of security as WhatsApp users will have to authenticate themselves every time they open the app.

Meanwhile, WhatsApp could also get the much-awaited ‘Dark Mode’ feature as the Facebook owned messaging app has started testing it. The feature was seen in the beta version 2.19.82 of WhatsApp. The images of this mode have been published by WABetainfo noting that the feature has been implemented in Settings only.



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