Home Tech News WhatsApp Brings Fingerprint Lock Feature to Android With Latest Beta Version 2.19.221

WhatsApp Brings Fingerprint Lock Feature to Android With Latest Beta Version 2.19.221


Tech Giant, WhatsApp has newly been made to be have a fingerprint lock feature for Android beta customers, after making it only available to iOS customers for some time now. It now comes with the newest Android beta model 2.19.221, and is disabled through default.

Users will need to enable the feature in Settings, and this option will permit customers to add a layer of security to their WhatsApp chats. There’s also another new feature, The new ‘show content in notifications’ option possibility added to allow users to decide in the event that they want to display or hide messages and sender preview when the fingerprint lock is enabled.

As mentioned earlier, users will have to enable it by going to

  • WhatsApp Settings
  • Account
  • Privacy
  • Fingerprint lock.

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If you have already updated your WhatsApp app to the latest version, and don’t see the feature, try backing up your chat history if you want to, and reinstalling the same WhatsApp version again. Notably, the feature requires the phone to be running Android Marshmallow or higher, and must also feature a fingerprint scanner.

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When the Fingerprint feature is enabled, users will need to use fingerprint authentication to unlock WhatsApp and gain access. There are three options for ‘automatically lock’ to choose from – immediately, after 1 minute, and after 30 minutes.

Users can choose from these options according to their own preferences. Choosing the ‘immediately’ option will require the user to fingerprint authenticate every time they open and close the app.

There’s a 15 minute option on the iOS app as we all know, but that interesting feature hasn’t been moved down to the Android version yet, and we’re hoping that the company will introduce it when the feature is rolled out in a more stable version.

If you don’t enable this option, users can still reply to messages from notifications and answer WhatsApp calls, because the authentication is set to when you want to open WhatsApp only. WhatsApp features tracker WABetaInfo says that when you enable the Fingerprint Lock feature, the widget content is hidden by default.

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We can see the feature in the latest Android beta, and it should roll out to stable application users soon. If you cannot gain access to the Google Play beta programme to get the version firsthand, then, you could alternatively side-load the APK using this link.

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