In a bid to add an extra layer of security for WhatsApp users, the company has started rolling out fingerprint lock feature. The new feature will allow you to unlock the app with your fingerprint. It was earlier introduced via beta, back in August this year. The new feature can be activated via “Settings” and when this is turned On, the widget content is hidden by default.
The Fingerprint Lock feature is available in three options to users. The options can be found under ‘Automatically lock’ and includes options like ‘Immediately’, ‘After 1 minute’ and ‘After 30 minutes’. With the fingerprint lock turned on, users will still be able to answer WhatsApp calls and reply to messages from notifications. The feature is only required when the user wants to open the app and access it.
How to enable fingerprint lock on WhatsApp for Android?
- Open WhatsApp Settings (can be accessed by clicking the three dots present on top right corner) > Account > Privacy.
- You will find a new option called ‘Fingerprint lock’ under ‘Privacy’.
- Turn on ‘Unlock with fingerprint’ option to enable the feature.
- Confirm the selection by touching the fingerprint sensor.
NOTE: Users also get the ability to display content in notifications or turn it off when the fingerprint lock is enabled and this can be accessed under ‘Show content in notifications’.