Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

WhatsApp close to adding fingerprint locking feature to Android app

WhatsApp close to adding fingerprint locking feature to Android app

The feature is now available to those who have registered in WhatsApp's beta programme for Android.

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).

If the users choose to enable the Fingerprint lock feature they can still reply to messages from notifications and answer WhatsApp calls, because the authentication is only required when the user wants to open WhatsApp. Thankfully, WhatsApp has realized the users do want a Screen Lock solution, perhaps even more than Dark Mode, as the service is now testing out Fingerprint Unlock feature in its latest Android beta. WhatsApp is also rolling this feature as a server-side update.

The feature is compatible with phones running Android Marshmallow or higher, and those that feature a fingerprint scanner.

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There's a 15 minute option on the iOS app, but that hasn't trickled down to the Android version, and hopefully the company will introduce it when the feature is rolled out in the stable version. With this new feature the users will be able to allow or disable message context preview in the "New Message" notifications. A lot of users prefer locking the messaging application separately and often in addition to the screen lock on their device, and for which they need to resort to either a dedicated third-party locking application or use a solution within the ROM if the OEM has baked it in already. There are three options for "automatically lock" to choose from - immediately, after 1 minute, and after 30 minutes.

There are several Android users who're relying on third-party apps or in-built app locker to secure WhatsApp, but once the Authentication feature rolls out to the public, they can make use of the in-built option itself.

If you are not on the latest version of beta app, which is 2.19.221 then you need to update the same by heading to Google's Play Store.

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