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WhatsApp may soon allow users to lock, unlock app via fingerprint sensor

Users will no longer have to use third-party apps to lock WhatsApp with the new feature.

tech Updated: Jan 09, 2019 13:00 IST
Indo Asian News Service
Indo Asian News Service
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WhatsApp’s latest feature is said to arrive on Android first, and then on iOS.(REUTERS)

WhatsApp is reportedly working on a fingerprint authentication feature to protect its users’ chats from being seen by others.

According to WABetaInfo, a fan site that tests new WhatsApp features early, the feature is current under development in Beta for Android 2.19.3 version.

“After working to implement Face ID and Touch ID features on iOS (that aren’t available yet for development reasons), WhatsApp has finally started to work on the Authentication feature on Android, using your Fingerprint!” said the report on Tuesday.

The fingerprint authentication feature will be available under the ‘Privacy’ menu. Once you enable the fingerprint feature, your WhatsApp will be completely protected from others to be seen.

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“The user will need to authenticate his identity in order to open WhatsApp (from the app icon, from the notification or from external pickers). It will protect the entire app, so it’s not used to lock specific conversations,” the report added.

This feature would be available in future for any Android user (and later for iOS users too) having Android Marshmallow and newer operating systems and a fingerprint sensor.

First Published: Jan 09, 2019 12:26 IST