WhatsApp's fingerprint unlock feature arrives on Android in latest beta

WhatsApp's fingerprint unlock feature arrives on Android in latest beta

The update also brings a new "show content in notifications" option, which allows users to select if they want to show or hide the message previews in the notification bar when the fingerprint lock is enabled. For the time being, the new feature is available only in WhatsApp for Android beta, although you need version 2.19.221 or newer to find it in the Settings menu.

WABetaInfo, one of the go-to sites for upcoming WhatsApp features, is reporting that there's a new security feature on the horizon for the world's favourite messaging application (outside of China).

The fingerprint unlock feature will soon ship to the official WhatsApp for Android app. It is important to note that this Fingerprint Lock feature is available for Android Beta users only. Users will need to enable it in Settings, and this feature will allow users to add a layer of protection to their app chats, keeping lurkers at bay.

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Moreover, the new Fingerprint lock works in the same conventional way of your phone's fingerprint unlock feature. You can have the feature automatically lock the app after 1 minute or 30 minutes. Users can choose from these options according to their preference. Similar to the Authentication feature on iOS, users can still reply to messages from the notifications shade and answer calls, even when the app is locked.

There's a 15 minute option on the iOS app, but that hasn't trickled down to the Android version, and hopefully the company will introduce it when the feature is rolled out in the stable version. You can then select how frequently you want WhatsApp to prompt you to use your biometrics to unlock the app.

It's not immediately clear when it will be rolled out to the stable version of the app, but given that it is now already a part of the public beta, it shouldn't be long before that happens. Right now, the 2.19.3 beta update is rolling out in batches and it's yet to pop up on Google Play Store as well.

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