WhatsApp Brings Fingerprint Lock Feature to Android With Latest Beta

Yolanda Curtis
August 13, 2019

The feature is now available to those who have registered in WhatsApp's beta programme for Android.

WABetainfo WABetainfo also says that Whatsapp is now working on the "Dark mode" feature and will roll it out in the coming three months.

If the users choose to enable the Fingerprint lock feature they can still reply to messages from notifications and answer WhatsApp calls, because the authentication is only required when the user wants to open WhatsApp.


WhatsApp has finally made available to fingerprint lock feature for Android beta users, after making it available to iOS users for a while now. 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. You can also hide notification content with this feature too.

I am not over the moon that I gave my fingerprints to my Android Device under the protection of Google; but I like unlocking my phone quickly, and Google did promise that one time not to be evil. In the WhatsApp beta at least the option is under Settings Account Privacy Fingerprint Lock. Choosing the' immediately' option will require the user to fingerprint authenticate every time they close and open the app. The feature will make its way to the stable version in due course. You can then select how frequently you want WhatsApp to prompt you to use your biometrics to unlock the app.

That said, the new Fingerprint lock feature for Android WhatsApp users is undoubtedly deserving as it allows users to have more privacy of their important conversations on the Facebook-owned WhatsApp, meaning more control for users on the messaging platform.


According to Forbes. WhatsApp is also working on a payments feature that will be tested in India first because the country is a huge market for the app and then it would be launched in several other countries.

To update WhatsApp beta to the latest version, head to the Play Store or download it from APK Mirror.


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