WhatsApp Beta for Android Finally Gets Fingerprint Lock Feature

Joanna Estrada
August 13, 2019

Moreover, this feature is already rolled out for iOS beta users by over three months now.

The much-anticipated feature, which has been available for iOS WhatsApp users for quite a while now - the "fingerprint unlock" for the messaging platform, has been introduced to Android users as well. Thankfully, WhatsApp has realized the users do want a Screen Lock solution, perhaps even more than Dark Mode, as the service is now testing out Fingerprint Unlock feature in its latest Android beta.

Previously, there were many reports in the market claiming that the feature will be called as "Authentication" or "Screen Lock". However, the company went ahead with Fingerprint Lock nomenclature ensuring no confusion in terms of name. The feature is now available to those who have registered in WhatsApp's beta programme for Android. It is disabled by default, which means users will have to enable it manually by going into the app's settings menu. After installing the new version, you will be able to access the new feature.

However, once enabled, the fingerprint security will require you to produce your fingerprint whenever you attempt to open the application. You might be able to force it by deleting and reinstalling the app, but make sure you back up your chats if you do! You can find the feature nesting under WhatsApp Settings Account Privacy Fingerprint Lock. If you cannot gain access to the Google Play beta programme to get the version, you could alternatively sideload the APK via APK Mirror. This is very important if it's true; it means that the fingerprint reading and authentication will be handled by Android on your device. WhatsApp is also rolling this feature as a server-side update. Keep in mind though that you will still be able to reply to messages directly from notifications, as well as answer WhatsApp calls since the app will only ask you for authentication when you want to open WhatsApp.

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