A few months ago, iPhone users received an update which allowed them to unlock WhatsApp via Touch ID and Face ID. Today, the Facebook-owned company has finally announced biometric unlocking for Android users as well. Android device users will now be able to access WhatsApp using fingerprint lock, as it will lock itself automatically.
WhatsApp fingerprint lock for Android: here’s how to enable it
The ‘Unlock with a fingerprint’ feature is optional and users will have to switch it on. To access this feature, users will have to click on ‘Settings’ followed by ‘Account’ and then ‘Privacy’. The ‘Fingerprint Unlock’ option will then lead them to a menu where they’ll have to toggle the ‘Unlock with a fingerprint’ option on. This will require them to confirm their biometric information. Android users will also get to choose the duration after which WhatsApp will automatically lock itself. There are multiple options including ‘Immediately’, ‘After 1 minute’ and ‘After 30 minutes’.
Consumers will also get a say in letting the app show the notification content on their phone’s screen. If they switch this option off, the name of the sender will also be hidden along with the content of the message they have sent. The feature is expected to arrive shortly for Android users in all the countries where WhatsApp is up and running.