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WhatsApp FingerPrint Authentication Feature now rolling out to Android

We’ve been seeing lots of update lately from WhatsApp
messenger even though the most anticipated feature ‘dark mode’, is yet to
arrive. However, FingerPrint lock feature is now rolling out to Android users.

Announced earlier in January 2019, rolled out to iOS users in February, and now rolling out to Android beta testers. Users can now require FingerPrint ID authentication to unlock the WhatsApp application.

Whatsapp fingerprint ID

The update is available for android users who have WhatsApp
beta v2.19.221 installed running
Android M and above with a device that supports Fingerprint ID authentication.

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Once the FingerPrint Authentication is turned on, the widget
content will be hidden by default. But users can still answer WhatsApp calls
and reply to messages from notifications since the authentication of the
fingerprint is only required when the user wants to open the app and access it.

How to Access FingerPrint iD for WhatsApp on Android

  • Open WhatsApp Settings (can be accessed by clicking the
    three dots present on top right corner) > Account > Privacy.
  • You will find a new option called ‘Fingerprint
    lock’ 
    under ‘Privacy’.
  • Turn on ‘Unlock with fingerprint’ option to enable the
    feature.
  • Confirm the selection by touching the fingerprint
    sensor.

There are three options available for users to authenticate their identity; visible under ‘Automatically lock and includes options like ‘Immediately’, ‘After 1 minute’ and ‘After 30 minutes’.

The FingerPrint ID authentication feature is gradually
rolling out to WhatsApp beta testers on Android and will soon roll out to all.
Kindly check and let us know if you’ve gotten the feature as a beta tester.

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