Whatsapp added the much-needed security feature, TouchID, and FaceID lock to iOS earlier in 2019 and has finally decided to roll out this feature to Android as well. While you could already do that using third-party apps, it’s better WhatsApp offers it natively. Let’s set up a fingerprint lock on WhatsApp.
When WhatsApp rolled out this feature to iOS, support for both TouchID and FaceID was rolled out simultaneously which means this lock would work on every single iOS device with those features. Android, however, is diverse and that’s why only fingerprint support is rolled out at the moment. There is no information if other security features such as Face unlock, or Iris unlock would be added in the future update.
Enable Fingerprint Lock on WhatsApp for Android
STEP1 : Start by updating your WhatsApp to the latest version. The functionality was added to the WhatsApp version 2.19.308 so make sure it is updated.
Step 2: Open WhatsApp on your Android smartphone and go to options and open the Settings page.
Step 3: Tap Account to open the account settings and tap Privacy.
Step 4: Under the Privacy tab, you will see the option ‘fingerprint lock’ on the bottom. Tap on it.
Step 5: Toggle the option and confirm your Fingerprint. Choose between three modes; immediately, 1 minute, and 30 minutes.
That’s how it is done. You’ll be greeted with the lock screen and you’ll have to touch the fingerprint sensor to access WhatsApp.
In case, you haven’t registered a fingerprint on your smartphone, you’ll get a prompt that says ‘Set up fingerprint’. You would need to register a fingerprint on your phone and you can do that in smartphone’s Settings.
That’s how you can setup lock without using third-party apps. You can still answer WhatsApp calls if the app is locked. Tell us in the comment section below if you got any problem while setting it up.