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WhatsApp Beta for Android Hints Upcoming Fingerprint Unlock Feature


The infamous WhatsApp features leaker WABetainfo has recently revealed details on an upcoming feature that may hit your WhatsApp android app in the near future.  WhatsApp had already rolled out a Screen Lock feature for iOS users in the beta program three months ago, and the similar feature is now rolling out for Android but this time named fingerprint unlock.

If enabled fingerprint unlock will require one to authenticate using their fingerprint before opening WhatsApp app. However, for convenience purposes, you will still be able to answer your WhatsApp calls even when the app is locked. For messages, you can choose to preview them in the notifications bar or disable previews.

To see this feature, you should be at least using WhatsApp version 2.19.221 which is still under the beta program. Although it has been reported that having the latest beta version does not mean that you might even get the feature right away – you may have to uninstall WhatsApp then re-installing again if it lacks. WABetainfo also notes that Fingerprint unlock is not yet available for all the beta users, so some will have to be patient and wait for the update soon.

To use the feature all you need is a device running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow or the latest, and a phone with Fingerprint unlock capabilities.

How To Enable Fingerprint Unlock

  • Navigate to WhatsApp Settings
  • Tap on Account
  • Tap on Privacy
  • You’ll see a newly added option – Fingerprint Unlock that you can easily set up by toggling the button and setting up your Fingerprint.

Also Read: WhatsApp Hits 400 Monthly Active Users in Its Largest Market, India

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Alvin is a freelance tech journalist. Covers gadgets, cybersecurity, and social media. Talk to me via email alvinwanjala[at]pm[dot]me
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