WhatsApp’s new fingerprint lock feature for Android users: Step-by-step guide to enable it

    WhatsApp now lets Android users lock the app through fingerprint sensor. Here’s how you can activate the feature.
    By: HT CORRESPONDENT
    | Updated on: Aug 20 2022, 17:40 IST
    WhatsApp launches a new feature for Android users, here’s how to use it
    WhatsApp launches a new feature for Android users, here’s how to use it (Pixabay)
    WhatsApp launches a new feature for Android users, here’s how to use it
    WhatsApp launches a new feature for Android users, here’s how to use it (Pixabay)

    WhatsApp on Thursday announced a new security for feature for Android users - fingerprint lock. As the name implies, Android users can now lock/unlock the application through fingerprint sensor on their phone. The feature was earlier available for iPhone users. WhatsApp also offers Face ID lock feature on the latest iPhones.

    To get the latest fingerprint lock feature, Android users need to update WhatsApp app via Google Play store. Here's a step-by-step guide to enable the latest WhatsApp feature.

    Step 1: Open WhatsApp, go to Settings

    Step 2: Choose Account. Next tap on Privacy.

    Step 3: Scroll down to access Fingerprint Lock.

    Step 4: Tap on the toggle button to enable fingerprint lock.

    Step 5: Verify your identity by using your fingerprint.

    Step 6. Choose 'automatically lock' option between 'immediately, after 1 minute and after 30 minutes'.

    Step 7: Toggle on the button next to choose notification preview.

    Key things to know

    Even if you've locked your WhatsApp with fingerprint sensor, you can still answer video and audio calls.

    Despite the fingerprint lock, you can use WhatsApp Web as usual.

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    Bonus

    If you want to make your WhatsApp more secure, you should enable two-step verification. To use the feature, here's what you need to do.

    Step 1: Open in-app Settings

    Step 2: Tap on Account

    Step 3: Enable two-step verification

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    First Published Date: 01 Nov, 10:39 IST
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