Having biometric unlocking on our device is a necessary security inclusion that ensures that valuable data on our smartphone stays secure. The latest WhatsApp beta for Android increases smartphone security by adding the much-anticipated fingerprint locking, which is available starting today.
Although a Dark Mode is probably a little more requested, the fingerprint unlocking has been in the pipeline for some time, it even made it to iPhones in a previous beta update.
Spotted by WABetaInfo, the new app authentication method is available if you update WhatsApp to the 2.19.221 Android beta version. It shows in the app settings as Fingerprint lock and should be rolling out now if you are already enrolled in the beta program.
Once you’ve configured the Fingerprint lock in your updated version of WhatsApp, it’s worth noting that you will still have the ability to read messages on the lock screen and notification shade. You’ll even be able to use the Android quick reply to respond to messages and chats. Therefore, the Fingerprint lock only applies when you want to open the app.
How to enable Fingerprint Lock Feature for Android?
1. First of all, download the apply version user on play store
2. Download the WhatsApp beta version (with fingerprint feature) from play store
3. Go to Settings>Account>Privacy>Fingerprint lock, and you will find the option to add, verify your fingerprint.
With this feature, you only have to unlock it when you open the app, otherwise, you can attend the WhatsApp calls without unlocking the app. You can still reply to the WhatsApp messages from notification without actually entering the app.
Some people may not see the feature after updating, which may require a clearing of the app cache and maybe even a reinstall of WhatsApp. It’s worth backing up your chats to ensure that you don’t lose any valuable messages and data. If it continues to not become available, and your device meets the minimum requirements, then it may take a while to activate.