In the coming days, WhatsApp will soon be introducing a set of new features to cater to the needs of its millions of audience. The users are in for some extra features that the messaging platform is set to release in 2019.
Whatsapp specific blog WABetaInfo has released screenshots which reveal that some big security updates are coming soon to both iOS and Android users of Whatsapp.
The security-related three interesting updates are - Introduction of Face ID, Touch ID and Fingerprint lock for accessing and protecting your Whatsapp chats.
While Face ID and Touch ID are specific for iPhone users, Fingerprint lock will be for Android users, whose smartphones support fingerprint lock mechanism.
WhatsApp is looking to introduce extra protection for your WhatsApp inbox with the fingerprint lock feature. This feature will allow users to lock their WhatsApp with a fingerprint ID. If the app is not able to validate the fingerprint, users will have an option to enter a passcode to use the app.
The new security development is related to Android users and focuses on using the device’s fingerprint scanner to unlock the Whatsapp platform. You can activate the Fingerprint Lock option via settings (Privacy > Authentication). Once activated, the user will be able to open their Whatsapp via Fingerprint authentication. Users can access Whatsapp both way: Clicking on notifications and opening the actual app. Both time, the user will be asked to authenticate via fingerprint scanner. PIN-based verification will also exist, side by side.
But, it is not clear whether both fingerprint and PIN-based verifications can co-exist at the same time or not.
This fingerprint verification shall be only available to those Android users who have a smartphone with the fingerprint scanner and run Android Marshmallow software or latest Android version.
This feature was first seen being tested on an iPhone and we can expect a roll-out soon after its development is complete.
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