This feature was announced earlier in January 2019, rolled out to iPhone users in February in order to provide extra securities, rolled out to Android beta testers in August. And now it is rolling out globally to all Android users.
Users can now require FingerPrint ID authentication to unlock their WhatsApp application.
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’.
If you are a normal WhatsApp user, update your app to the latest and the feature will be live for you.