Take Control Of Your Privacy On WhatsApp With The New Fingerprint Authentication Feature

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These past few months, WhatsApp has rolled out several security features to help users get control over privacy which seems to be one of the most talked-about issues surrounding social media. We all know Facebook, the parent company has been facing security scandals these past months, however, the company is putting more effort to give users transparency and control over their activities on the platform.

In January 2019, WhatsApp rolled out Fingerprint Authentication feature to WhatsApp for iOS users, and now rolling out to Android users. With the new Fingerprint Authentication feature, users will now have total control of their WhatsApp Chat activities as WhatsApp will require FingerPrint ID authentication to unlock the WhatsApp application.

With the FingerPrint Authentication enabled, WhatsApp widget content will be hidden by default, however, users can still answer WhatsApp calls and reply to messages from notification panel since the authentication of the fingerprint is only required when the user wants to open the app and access it.


To use this new security feature, users need to be running the latest version of WhatsApp with a device that supports Fingerprint ID authentication.

WhatsApp Fingerprint Authentication Feature
WhatsApp Fingerprint Authentication Feature

How To Enable Fingerprint Authentication For WhatsApp on Android

  1. Open WhatsApp Settings > Account > Privacy.
  2. In the privacy segment, you’ll find a new option called ‘Fingerprint lock.’
  3. Toggle the ‘Unlock with fingerprint’ option to enable the feature.
  4. You’ll get a prompt to verify your fingerprint by touching the fingerprint sensor.
  5. You’ll find three options to authenticate your identity below; visible under ‘Automatically lock and includes options like ‘Immediately’, ‘After 1 minute’ and ‘After 30 minutes’.

So, what do you think about the new WhatsApp authentication feature? tell us in the comment section below.


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