WhatsApp for Android gets fingerprint unlock feature: Here’s How to Enable Fingerprint Unlock in WhatsApp

WhatsApp has been testing a slew of features on its official beta version. Users are happy with some new updates that include listening to voice messages sequentially and the name of the contact displayed while sending media, which deftly avoids confusion. WhatsApp has now released the most awaited feature for Android, the fingerprint unlock.

Many users retorted to third-party applications to unlock their WhatsApp chats. This recent update will purge the need to install a third-party application to secure your chats from the prying eyes. The feature, however, is now exclusive to only beta testers of the app and there’s no confirmation when will it make to the stable version.

Updated with the v2.19.222, this update lets users easily enable this security feature. Beta users need to update to the aforementioned version. Once updated, go to Settings > Account > Privacy and tap on the last option Fingerprint Unlock. Users will have to enable the toggle. One can even choose whether to unlock your WhatsApp immediately, in a minute or in 30 minutes. The Facebook-owned app also gives the users an option to see the messages preview.

Once you’ve selected this feature, you’ll have to use your fingerprint every time you exit and open your WhatsApp. As this is in the beta version, it’s unstable. The app also opens a bit slower if this feature is enabled, so there’s that.

WhatsApp is rumored to introduce the much-requested dark mode, which will take its sweet time. Keep in mind, if you opt to sign up as a beta tester, you will likely encounter a lot of bugs compared to the stable version.

A few days ago, Facebook started adding suffixes to its Instagram and WhatsApp applications. WhatsApp Beta users can see ‘WhatsApp from Facebook’ written in the Settings menu.


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