WhatsApp has officially rolled out the fingerprint lock feature for all the Android users. Most of you may already have been doing it for the last few years with the help of third-party app lockers for adding more security. Keeping that in mind and to make the process quicker and safer at the same time, WhatsApp has now launched this new fingerprint lock feature so that you can open the app by your fingerprint.
It means that regardless of whether the phone is opened, others won't have the option to gain access to the messages without your fingerprint. So, you can now secure your WhatsApp conversations with an extra layer of biometric security.
With this step, WhatsApp is finally offering biometric authentication to the Android app, while iPhone users enjoying both the Touch ID that is the fingerprint recognition and Face ID that is the facial recognition since the month of February 2019.
WhatsApp is also giving more options with the new fingerprint lock feature. Users can also choose how much time the app will automatically lock-in, from immediately after closing, or after 1 minute, or after 30 minutes. Additionally, users will also be able to choose whether the content of the messages will be visible or not in notifications, including the sender of the message for enhanced security.
Now, I am discussing how to enable WhatsApp fingerprint lock feature on Android. So, Let's begin.
How To Enable WhatsApp Fingerprint Lock Feature on Android
Before you begin, You need to update your WhatsApp to the latest version (2.19.308) from the Google Play Store.
Step 1. Once the update is installed, open WhatsApp on your Android smartphone and "hit the three vertical dots icon" on the top-right corner of the screen.
Step 2. After that, Tap on "Settings."
Step 4. Under the privacy option, scroll down until you find "Fingerprint lock" and then click on it.
Step 5. Now, Turn on the "Unlock with fingerprint" toggle.
Step 6. Once you turn on the "Unlock with fingerprint" toggle, WhatsApp will ask you to confirm your fingerprint so touch on the fingerprint sensor of your device to confirm it.
Step 7. Once confirmed your fingerprint, you will see that there is an option to set the "Automatically Lock" time. You can choose between Immediately, After 1 minute, and After 30 minutes from that option.
Below "Automatically Lock" option, you will also get an option to turn on "Show content in notifications" which if enabled then the content of the messages will not be visible in notifications including the sender of the message and if disabled then the content of the messages will be visible in notifications.
That's it. you are done. This is how you can enable WhatsApp fingerprint lock feature on Android.
Once you have enabled the fingerprint lock feature, You will see that the WhatsApp asks for your fingerprint data as you open it. Once the verification of your fingerprint is done, the app will open and then you can access all the chats and messages.
This fingerprint lock feature will work on both capacitive fingerprint sensors and in-display fingerprint sensor.
I hope you find useful information in this article. if you have any questions and if you want to learn more tips about the WhatsApp app then please mention in the comments section and I will get back to you and stay tuned with my blog to learn interesting things related to cybersecurity and hacking.