Secure Your WhatsApp Chats Using Fingerprint Scanner Step by Step Guide and How Whatsapp Chats With Fingerprint Lock Works

Whatsapp has been up in news for a variety of reasons lately. Right since adding new emojis to major software changes, Whatsapp has been pushing itself forward to launch newer updates every now and then.

Privacy is a major concern these days. Thankfully, Whatsapp has answered everyone’s plea. It has rolled out a new feature for its Android beta users, wherein you can use fingerprint lock to open your personal messages on the instant messaging app.

How to enable the WhatsApp Fingerprint Lock?

1. Open WhatsApp on your Smartphone

2. Tap on the three-dot menu on the top right and select Settings

3. Go to Accounts -> Privacy

4. Scroll down to the bottom and select Fingerprint Lock

5. Now, Enable, Unlock with Fingerprint option

6. Tap your finger on the fingerprint scanner to confirm fingerprint. Make a note that, you’ll have to use the same finger that you use to unlock the smartphone

Once the Fingerprint Lock is enabled, you need to unlock the WhatsApp every time by placing the finger on the fingerprint scanner. You can’t read messages when the app is locked, but, you can still answer Voice calls or Video calls even if WhatsApp is locked. Additionally, WhatsApp also allows you to configure the lock time. There are three options to choose from:

Immediately – Locks the app immediately once you close the app

After 1 minute – Stays unlocked for 1 minute even if you close the app

After 30 minutes – Stays unlocked for 30 minutes even if you close the app

You can even control the Notification display settings. If you would like to display the incoming messages in the notifications, simply enable Show content in Notifications option. If this option is enabled, you can read and reply to messages from notifications without unlocking the WhatsApp.

Fingerprint Lock Security Rolled by Whatsapp

Whatsapp has finally rolled out the much requested fingerprint lock feature for its Android beta users. As per a report by WABetaInfo, this feature will be available for all Android beta users who are currently using version 2.19.221 of the app.

Users can check their beta 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 via Google Playstore. If you are still unable to find the feature then it is suggested that you delete your app and reinstall it. After this, under the “Privacy” section, you will find the “Account” option and then you will be able to activate the feature.

Once the Fingerprint lock feature is activated, one needs to authenticate it by placing their finger on the scanner so that their fingerprint can be recorded.  Another important feature about this upgrade is that it will help users to hide the content of a new message that they receive.

Recent Ones Too

Recently Whatsapp has been allegedly known to add a feature called ‘Quick Edit Media Shortcut’, which will help users edit a sent or received image directly within the WhatsApp media gallery.

Once released, you can operate it by opening a chat to find an ‘Edit’ option. On Android, the option will be in the menu on the top right corner, while iOS users will find it down below. Notably, the shortcut wouldn’t tamper the original media file but reate a newly edited version that can directly be sent via Whatsapp. It’ll also not likely bring any new editing features but just usual like crop, add text, and draw doodles.

In recent news, Whatsapp is known to have reportedly been working on a desktop version of the app that would allow users to use the messaging app on a PC without having to connect their phone to the Internet.

That’s a wrap. A quick tutorial to safeguard your WhatsApp messages. As mentioned earlier, this feature is only available to WhatsApp Beta users as of now and we’ll update once it is available on the stable build. Unfortunately, you’ll not be able to sign up for WhatsApp beta testing because WhatsApp isn’t accepting new beta signups. Stay tuned with GizArena on Facebook and Twitter for latest updates.



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