WhatsApp Fingerprint Authentication Feature Spotted on Beta Version of Android App


WhatsApp, the popular instant messaging app owned by Facebook continues to bring new great features for its over 1.5 billion users across the globe.

Recently Facebook was reportedly developing a dark mode feature on WhatsApp Messenger.

Read also: latest whatsapp beta introduces dark mode for android users

Well the free messaging app is soon expected to bring a fingerprint authentication feature to all its Android users.

Aaccording to WABetaInfo, the fingerprint authentication is said to be under testing with the latest WhatsApp Android beta version 2.19.83.

The tracker adds that the Authentication feature will let WhatsApp users lock their account, and unlock it using a fingerprint sensor.

“The new WhatsApp feature will let you add an additional layer of security with your fingerprint, but the feature might not be ready for deployment yet”

It can be enabled from Settings → Account → Privacy. Users can opt for the biometric authentication feature from the settings and this will prompt you to register your fingerprint for confirmation. Once you enable it, you will be given three options to lock the app as per your choice – after 1 minute, after 10 minutes and after 30 minutes.

Fingerprint sign-in will be available on all Android Marshmallow or newer devices that support it. On older devices, you will most likely be able to use only manual authentication.

The report further indicates that WhatsApp will show an error if it is not able to recognize your fingerprint or if there are many attempts.

IPhone users already have the fingerprint authentication feature via Touch ID and facial recognition via Face ID on stable versions of the iOS-based app.

Read also: Whatsapp now supports face id and touchid unlock for Ios

However, the report added that the WhatsApp fingerprint authentication feature for WhatsApp beta users on Android isn’t enabled yet, however, it might be rolled out in future updates.


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