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Latest WhatsApp beta for Android adds fingerprint authentication feature

Latest WhatsApp beta for Android adds fingerprint authentication feature

The new update was first reported by WABetaInfo citing that every WhatsApp Beta user on Android will be able to use the authentication feature without any issues, subjected if their phone has a fingerprint scanner.

Another departure to how the feature, dubbed Screen Lock, works on iOS is the difference in the options available for when the fingerprint lock kicks in. Keep in mind though that you will still be able to reply to messages directly from notifications, as well as answer WhatsApp calls since the app will only ask you for authentication when you want to open WhatsApp.

Fingerprint authentication has been around on the platform since a year ago to iOS users. Well, the wait is over, as the feature is finally here on the latest WhatsApp beta app.

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The update, available immediately through the Google Play Store, brings with it a feature that has been available on the iOS version of the application since February: the ability to use one's set fingerprint to unlock the app as well.

That said, the new Fingerprint lock feature for Android WhatsApp users is undoubtedly deserving as it allows users to have more privacy of their important conversations on the Facebook-owned WhatsApp, meaning more control for users on the messaging platform. It is disabled by default, and users will have to enable it by going to WhatsApp Settings Account Privacy Fingerprint lock.

Another advantage that you will get with this feature is that you can decide if want the WhatsApp messages to show n the notification bar or not. Users can find a new option called Fingerprint lock. WhatsApp also lets you choose from the locking interval, though the time interval options available feel a bit restrictive; we're sure the service will consider more options in the future. The message content will also be hidden if you're using WhatsApp widget on the home screen. WhatsApp is expected to roll the feature out to the public once the beta testing is complete.


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