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WhatsApp Fingerprint Lock Feature Now Available for Android; How to Get it

WhatsApp always keeps introducing new features for its chat platform. Now, it has started rolling out the much-awaited fingerprint lock feature for Android. This feature was already made available for iOS beta users earlier this year and now it comes to Android beta.

WhatsApp‘s new fingerprint lock feature will be available for users who are on the Android beta version 2.19.221. So, if you haven’t been using the beta, you should install the latest beta version (Here’s how).

The fingerprint lock feature is supported on smartphones having a fingerprint sensor and running on Android Marshmallow or later.

How to get fingerprint lock on WhatsApp?

To get fingerprint lock feature, open WhatsApp Settings by clicking the three dots on the top right corner, then go to Account and Privacy.

Under ‘Privacy’, you will now find a new option ‘Fingerprint lock’. Turn on the toggle ‘Unlock with fingerprint’ to enable the feature. After that confirm it by touching the fingerprint sensor on your device.

WhatsApp is also offering three options to users when they want to automatically lock the app with this feature. The three options under ‘Automatically lock’ include- ‘Immediately’, ‘After 1 minute’ and ‘After 30 minutes’.

Once you enable the fingerprint lock feature, the content in the notification panel is hidden by default. However, users can still answer WhatsApp calls and reply to messages from here. As the authentication of the fingerprint is required only when you try to open the app.

Further, the feature also offers the ability to display content in notifications or turn it off when the fingerprint lock is enabled. There is ‘Show content in notifications’ toggle for it.

The fingerprint lock feature is rolling to Android beta users gradually and not all beta users have got the feature yet. The feature is expected to be available for all Android users soon.