WhatsApp on Thursday announced the launch of fingerprint lock for Android. With the move, the Facebook-owned company is finally bringing biometric authentication to Android apps, with iPhone users enjoying both Touch ID (fingerprint recognition) and Face ID (facial recognition) since February this year. With the feature, Android users can now keep app locks automatically, and unlock only with their fingerprints. The move comes at a time when WhatsApp has been building up recently thanks to the hack, and its outcome includes a lawsuit against spyware maker NSO Group, which made the hack possible.
Whatsapp fingerprint lock for android
Like the enabled Touch ID feature for iPhone users, WhatsApp for Android users can now choose to lock the app – followed by their fingerprint as authentication to unlock it. Users can also choose how long the app will lock automatically, immediately after closing, after 1 minute and after 30 minutes. Users will also be able to choose whether the contents of their messages will appear in notifications, including the message sender.
In the screenshot above, the features given by the company are clearly visible. To turn on WhatsApp fingerprint lock for Android, users need to go to Settings> Account> Privacy> Fingerprint Lock. Once they enable unlock with the fingerprint option, they have to confirm their fingerprint. This feature should be launched soon for Android users worldwide.
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WhatsApp for iOS has an additional feature for now – users can also choose to use Face ID as a means of their biometric authentication. As we reported, back in February both Touch ID and Face ID options were enabled for iPhone users. For Android, the feature first appeared in beta back in August, and the company has now announced its rollout for users of the stable version.