WhatsApp for Android beta gets updated with support for Fingerprint Unlock

WhatsApp Beta for Android Finally Gets Fingerprint Lock Feature

As per the report from WABetaInfo, this feature is available on Android Beta users, which runs on the app version - 2.19.221.

WABetainfo WABetainfo also says that Whatsapp is now working on the "Dark mode" feature and will roll it out in the coming three months. The feature adds a button called Edit that when tapped will automatically take the user to the section that allows for the edit to happen. This is the first time the feature has made its way to a stable WhatsApp beta build for Android. If you're an Android WhatsApp Beta user, we would also recommend users to update the app and enable the feature immediately. WhatsApp is also rolling this feature as a server-side update.

Moreover, the new Fingerprint lock works in the same conventional way of your phone's fingerprint unlock feature.

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The social messaging app allows users to choose when they have to authenticate their identity in order to use the app.

There's a 15 minute option on the iOS app, but that hasn't trickled down to the Android version, and hopefully the company will introduce it when the feature is rolled out in the stable version. A lot of users prefer locking the messaging application separately and often in addition to the screen lock on their device, and for which they need to resort to either a dedicated third-party locking application or use a solution within the ROM if the OEM has baked it in already.

The new Fingerprint Lock feature on WhatsApp is offered with three options - "immediately", "After 1 minute" and "After 30 minutes". You can then select how frequently you want WhatsApp to prompt you to use your biometrics to unlock the app. Keep in mind though that you will still be able to reply to messages directly from notifications, as well as answer WhatsApp calls since the app will only ask you for authentication when you want to open WhatsApp. If you cannot gain access to the Google Play beta programme to get the version, you could alternatively sideload the APK via APK Mirror.

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