WhatsApp beta for Android introduces fingerprint lock feature

Ruben Fields
August 14, 2019

WhatsApp Beta for Android is now receiving a new update with version number- 2.19.3. Users can find a new option called Fingerprint lock.

In February this year, WhatsApp had rolled out the Authentication feature for iOS beta users, making it possible to use Touch ID to unlock the app. Notably, the feature requires the phone to be running Android Marshmallow or higher, and feature a fingerprint scanner. The authentication is required only when you open WhatsApp.

Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp has today rolled out a feature where you will be able to unlock WhatsApp on your smartphone by using the fingerprint sensor on your Android device.

If users chose the "Immediately" option when they have to authenticate their identity, WhatsApp will ask to authenticate their identity every time they open the app.

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Despite its enormous user base, WhatsApp can often be slow to introduce the most hotly-anticipated new features. That being said, it does bring in some bugs, but a lot of them won't be noticed. The company has now started testing the feature on its Android beta app with its new version 2.19.221 update. You can also hide notification content with this feature too. WhatsApp features tracker WABetaInfo says that when you enable the Fingerprint Lock feature, the widget content is hidden by default.

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). WhatsApp also lets you choose from the locking interval, though the time interval options available feel a bit restrictive; we're sure the service will consider more options in the future. You'll still be able to see message notifications and will even be able to reply to them.

WABetainfo WABetainfo also says that Whatsapp is now working on the "Dark mode" feature and will roll it out in the coming three months.

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