WhatsApp finally brings fingerprint authentication to Android beta users

WhatsApp Beta for Android Finally Gets Fingerprint Lock Feature

Thankfully it seems it's still business as usual amongst the hard-working dev team at WhatsApp.

WhatsApp has been relatively slow to ship new features that its other rivals already pack such as dark mode.

WhatsApp announced a brand new fingerprint feature to unlock the app for Android users. After installing the new version, you will be able to access the new feature.

To be clear from what's been reported thus far, the screen lock won't affect the way the application runs in the background. However, if you are not able to access it, then you need to reinstall the application on the Android smartphone. The new update brings the much-awaited fingerprint lock feature to WhatsApp. It will automatically block content if you have the widget on your home screen. After enabling the feature, every time the users opens WhatsApp, it will ask for authentication via the registered fingerprint to unlock the app.

If you're simultaneously anxious about security and putting your messaging app widget on your home screen though, then you probably aren't really that anxious by security. If you cannot gain access to the Google Play beta programme to get the version, you could alternatively sideload the APK via APK Mirror. This is the first time the feature has made its way to a stable WhatsApp beta build for Android.


To enable this feature in your app, you need to so to the WhatsApp Settings Account Privacy Fingerprint lock.

Fingerprint authentication has been around on the platform since previous year to iOS users.

If that is not the case and WhatsApp wants to keep a copy of your fingerprints, then there may be some alarm bells. In iOS, users will be able to secure their app through Touch ID or Face ID (on the latest iPhones), but in Android, it now allows users to secure the app only via fingerprint scanner.

I'd prefer not to give my fingerprints to Facebook either, though; before one of them figure out a way to monetize that too.

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