WhatsApp Fingerprint Activation: How to activate WhatsApp’s ‘fingerprint authentication’ feature

WhatsApp Fingerprint Activation: WhatsApp has rolled out a new feature for its Android beta users. According to a report, the Facebook-owned messaging app has finally released the Fingerprint Lock feature in the latest Beta version of the Android app. The feature has reached the beta users after it was spotted as a hidden feature few weeks back. It is being reported that there are many other features along with this that WhatsApp is working on currently.

However, it’s important to note that WhatsApp has already released this update for its iOS beta users and launch for all iPhone users may be under progress.This new feature of Whatsapp Fingerprint Activation not only adds an extra layer of security for the users of the world’s most popular messaging app but will also make the popular third party locking apps redundant. This new development comes six months after biometric authentication was introduced in the WhatsApp iOS app.

The feature is available for all Android beta users who are currently using version 2.19.221 of the app.

It further add that beta users can double-check the version by clicking App info which can be found under “Help” which will be available in the settings icon. Android users who are not using this version of the app will have to upgrade their app by going to the Google Play Store. But if you still are unable to find the feature then it is suggested that you delete your app and reinstall it. After that, you will have to go to the “Privacy” section where you will see the “Account” option and then you will be able to activate the feature.

You can then select how often you would like to authenticate your identity to use the app. The available choices are to “automatically lock” you out of WhatsApp “Immediately”, “after 1 minute” or “after 30 minutes” of inactivity. For instance, if you chose the first option, the app will ask for your fingerprint every time you open it. While this is ideal if you are big on privacy, it could get annoying for those who use it frequently. However, you can still answer WhatsApp calls without this authentication.

Once users activate the fingerprint feature then they will have to authenticate it by putting their finger on the scanner. Another important feature about this upgrade is that it will users will be able to hide the text of a new message that they receive. WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging platforms in the world and has a user base of over 500 million daily users.

Some More Features of WhatsApp in the Pipeline:

  • Dark Mode –
    • The Dark Mode is already available on other messaging platforms and WhatsApp should have had it by now given that the feature has been under-development for a while now.
  • Quick Edit Media Shortcut –
    • The feature will be a big relief as it will let the user edit media files they have sent or received in an individual WhatsApp chat or a group conversation.
  • Voice messages preview in notification –
    • The company has not revealed any particular date when it will roll out this feature as it is still under development.
  • Ranking of Contacts –
    • The feature promises to automatically rank contacts by detecting which contacts you interact with the most.


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