How to Setup Fingerprint Lock on WhatsApp

No more prying eyes on your personal chats on Android.

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How to Setup Fingerprint Lock on WhatsApp

WhatsApp fingerprint lock feature is available on version 2.19.221 or above on Android

Highlights
  • You can now add a fingerprint lock to WhatsApp on Android
  • You can unlock the app with your fingerprint
  • No need to use third-party apps to add this any more

WhatsApp regularly brings new and useful features for its Android and iPhone chat apps. One of the recently added features on Android is the ability to add a fingerprint lock to WhatsApp Messenger. This means that you can't access WhatsApp chats without unlocking the app via a fingerprint saved on the phone. Of course, you need a smartphone with a fingerprint sensor for this to work and the latest version of WhatsApp. Fingerprint lock feature on WhatsApp for Android works with phones that have a capacitive fingerprint sensor, and those that have an in-display fingerprint sensor. In this article, we will describe how to add a fingerprint lock to WhatsApp on Android.

Now, this feature has been available on WhatsApp for iPhone since February this year, and it first appeared in a beta build for WhatsApp's Android users back in August.

Here's how to set up WhatsApp fingerprint lock on your Android smartphone.

 

How to set up fingerprint lock on WhatsApp for Android

Before proceeding, make sure you have installed WhatsApp version 2.19.221 or above by heading over to the WhatsApp page on Google Play. Once that is done, simply follow these steps to secure your WhatsApp chats on Android with fingerprint authentication.

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WhatsApp fingerprint lock settings can be found in Settings under Account > Privacy

1. Open WhatsApp > tap the vertical three dots icon on the top-right and go to Settings.
2. Go to Account > Privacy > Fingerprint Lock.
3. On the next screen, turn on Unlock with Fingerprint.
4. Additionally, you can also set the duration after which you'll have to use your fingerprint to unlock WhatsApp. It can be set to Immediately, After a minute or After 30 minutes.
5. Further, you can also choose if you want to show the message content and sender in the notifications or not.

Now whenever you open WhatsApp, depending on the automatic lock duration you've set, you will need to apply your fingerprint to unlock the app. And that's how you can set WhatsApp fingerprint lock on your Android smartphone.

Like Android, WhatsApp also allows biometric lock feature on iPhone. While the iPhone models that support Face ID can use facial recognition to secure that chat messages, the iPhone models with Touch ID can use fingerprint lock. The biometric authentication can be enabled by going to WhatsApp Settings > Account > Privacy > Screen lock.   

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Aman Rashid Aman Rashid is based in New Delhi and writes news, features, and makes videos for Gadgets 360. He works as a Reporter (Technology) for Gadgets 360 and has written many how-to articles on topics such as social media (WhatsApp, Instagram), smartphones (Android, iOS), computers (Mac, Windows) along with writing news articles regularly. Aman is available on his Twitter handle @AR_9192 and on Instagram as @a_rash9192. You can further get in touch by dropping a mail at amanrashid@ndtv.com. More
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