WhatsApp fingerprint lock released for Android: How to set up, what Settings you should choose and more

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • WhatsApp users on Android can now use fingerprint lock for unlocking the app.
  • The feature has been available on iPhones for a while now.
  • This feature will only unlock WhatsApp with the user’s fingerprint sensor data.

WhatsApp is undoubtedly the most popular app on Android right now – most of India communicates through it. People exchange pleasantries, photos, videos, casual chats, jokes, information and a lot more important stuff through the messenger app. Hence, it was only fitting for WhatsApp to let people secure their texts with more secure biometric verification systems, given that the platform is currently under the scanner for privacy reasons. And so after testing it for months, the feature is finally here for Android phones.

WhatsApp on Android is now letting users lock the app with the help of the fingerprint sensor on their phones. Most of you may already have been doing it for the last few years with the help of third-party app lockers but WhatsApp is now offering the feature natively. Users can dig into the settings to activate it and use their phone’s fingerprint sensor for keeping all the chats safe from other people who have access to the device.

If you have WhatsApp on your Android device (which is given in 2019) and have extended its access to other people, you should enable it immediately to secure your conversations. If you are wondering how to do so, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do it easily.

Tip: It’s so easy that even your grandparents can activate it within a minute.

How to activate fingerprint unlock for WhatsApp on Android

–Before you begin, you should ensure two things. Firstly, you should update your WhatsApp app to the latest version from the Google Play Store. Secondly, your phone should have registered fingerprints for unlocking via the fingerprint sensor.

–Once you ensure the previous steps, open the WhatsApp app on your phone and tap on the ‘three-dot menu’ on the top-right corner. Then head over to Settings.

–Under Settings, navigate to Account and then under the Privacy section, you will find the Fingerprint Lock option. Tap on it to open the option.

–Switch on the toggle ‘Unlock with Fingerprint’ and the phone might ask you to input your fingerprint once. After doing that, your WhatsApp is now protected with the fingerprint sensor.

–If you want to change the time limit for WhatsApp to lock the app after you exit, you can do so from the same option. You can choose the app to lock it be default immediately or you can choose time limits of at least 1 minute or at most 30 minutes after you exit from the app.

–You can even choose whether you want the app to show the message content in the notifications.

–After this, every time you open WhatsApp, you will have to touch the fingerprint sensor on your phone to authenticate and open it. The feature will work on both capacitive fingerprint sensors and in-display fingerprint sensor.

 

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