WhatsApp update lets you lock it with Face ID or Touch ID

WhatsApp finally has the feature requested by many iPhone users

The feature is available for WhatsApp iOS version 2.19.20 and users can update their app to use it. To access the new settings, you'll have to go to Settings, then Account, followed by Privacy.

WhatsApp has launched an update to its iOS app which enables a new biometric authentication feature.

Most notably, the screen lock feature does not work for individual chats, meaning once WhatsApp has been accessed, so can all of the content housed within it. So you'll need actual access to the device to open the chats.

Still, for those not wanting to use third party solutions, WhatsApp's extra security measures are a welcome extra layer of security for something so personal as your private conversations. If anyone does enable the feature, they should also ensure that their notification previews have been properly set to hide sensitive content from being displayed. This mean despite having the lock on, you will still be able to see the messages in the notifications, if turned on. The new feature, which has been in anticipation since October past year - when the new authentication addition was reported for the first time, works similarly to how you can lock Outlook or Signal on your iPhone. Fingerprint authentication is expected to be supported on devices running Android 6.0 and above.

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