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WhatsApp close to adding fingerprint locking feature to Android app

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.

Upon enabling, they can choose to "automatically lock" WhatsApp "immediately", "after 1 minute" or "after 30 minutes" of inactivity.

WhatsApp is now testing the fingerprint unlock feature on its beta Android app with the build number 2.19.221, reported WABetaInfo.

To enable the feature, head over to Settings Account Privacy and tap on the Fingerprint lock option. If you have already updated to the latest version, and don't see the feature, try backing up chat history and reinstalling the same WhatsApp version.

In a bid to make the instant messaging platform more secure and safety oriented, WhatsApp has started rolling out the fingerprint lock feature from today onwards.

In February this year, WhatsApp had rolled out the Authentication feature for iOS beta users, making it possible to use Touch ID to unlock the app. The iOS version of the feature also has a 15-minute option, which has not been made available on Android. With this feature, you only have to unlock it when you open the app, otherwise, you can attend the WhatsApp calls without unlocking the app. It is disabled by default, which means users will have to enable it manually by going into the app's settings menu. So if you choose anything but "immediately", you get a specific amount of time from your last use of WhatsApp during which the app stays "unlocked" and won't require a fingerprint again. WhatsApp is expected to roll the feature out to the public once the beta testing is complete.

With this feature, WhatsApp users would only be able to unlock WhatsApp and resume the app from where they left it.

If you are not on the latest version of beta app, which is 2.19.221 then you need to update the same by heading to Google's Play Store.

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