WhatsApp iOS Authentication Feature Integrating Face ID And Touch ID to lock the app Announced

WhatsApp iOS Authentication Feature Integrating Face ID And Touch ID to lock the app Announced

WhatsApp iOS Authentication Feature Integrating Face ID And Touch ID to lock the app Announced

by February 5, 2019

Global Messaging giant, WhatsApp has added new security features to its iOS version. The latest update has added the fingerprint lock feature to the iOS version as per claims by WABetaInfo. Further, the users who use iPhone X or above can also enjoy the FaceID unlock feature on the Apple phones to unlock the app. The users of the previous version of iOS can use the TouchID or the passcode to lock the app.

In order to use the WhatsApp fingerprint unlock feature on the app, users must open the WhatsApp settings and choose ‘Screen Lock’ option. While users can choose this to start the screen lock feature, the app will still let users reply to the received messages directly from the lock screen notifications. Users can also answer incoming WhatsApp calls without any authentication.

To do so, users should first configure the FaceID or TouchID feature on WhatsApp. This can be done by navigating through Settings and Account on to the Privacy tab on the app. Once the settings are configured, the app will have to be restarted. Post this, the user will have to authenticate his identity to use this feature. If the touch ID of the user’s phone does not function properly, users still have the option of logging in using passcode.

If the user unlocks the biometric unlock security feature on WhatsApp, then the preview snapshot feature of the app will cease to be available. The preview snapshot, when requested for, will display nothing at all. As for the level of privacy, both the face unlock, and fingerprint data will be encrypted in the iPhone itself. The app will not feed the security data as the management will happen at the handset level itself.

The fingerprint unlock feature on the messaging app is quite safe and secure to use. While it is currently available in iOS, WhatsApp is getting ready to bring this authentication feature to Android users as well.