WhatsApp is working on one big feature for its iOS users. The company is planning on to add an extra layer of security by adding Touch ID support to its app. This is to lock the app on your phone so that others cannot snoop on your private messages. The feature will be a boon for those who are extremely private about their chats.
WaBetaInfo, the fan site of WhatsApp, has said that the chat app is actually working on the Touch ID support. However, the feature is currently in “high alpha stage” which means that the feature is still under developmental stage and not ready for testing yet.
How will the WhatsApp Touch ID work? The report suggests that you will see a new option called Touch ID in your Privacy Settings once the feature goes live. Once the Touch ID or Face ID is enabled, WhatsApp will prompt for authentication overtime it is opened. The feature adds a protection level to the app. In case your phone supports FaceID, you will also be shown a FaceID option.
Just like the phone’s lock system, WhatsApp will ask you to enter the iPhone passcode in case the Touch ID or Face ID stops working or there are several wrong attempts.
How secure will be the WhatsApp’s Touch ID? The report states that no data about your fingerprint and passcode will be shared with WhatsApp. The feature when spotted by WaBetaInfo showed lag in authentication but we hope that the company will fix it once the feature goes live.
The feature sounds more like an iOS update but there is no reason why it should not come to Android. Most of the smartphones coming today support TouchID and FaceID so there are good chances that it would come to Android users also.
Coming to the iPhone users, the Touch ID support would come to old iPhone models such as iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6S that support TouchID. Similarly, the chat app will have FaceID support for latest phones such as iPhone X, iPhone XR and iPhone XS that would use the device’s advanced front camera to lock or unlock the app using the phone’s FaceID feature.
The other top features that are expected soon on WhatsApp are the preview before sending a message to two or more contacts and ability to autoplay all voice messages in a series. WhatsApp is also working on a dark mode that would less train your eyes when using the app in dark or low light.