WhatsApp for iOS enables Face ID, Touch ID for iPhone

05 February, 2019, 07:31 | Author: Rodolfo Hawkins
  • WhatsApp finally has the feature requested by many iPhone users

"Privacy" and enable Screen Lock.

Hopefully this is an added layer of security that more messaging and social media apps will implement in the future. You can now select either "Require Face ID" or "Require Touch ID' to turn on facial recognition or fingerprint scanning, meaning you'll be asked for biometric authentication each time you try logging into the WhatsApp iOS app".

Notably, Mashable's own Ray Wong recently got the ability to use Face ID with his iOS Instagram app; Instagram confirmed to us they're testing the feature. Users are now able to restrict access to the app as a means of protecting private conversations with the help of FaceID or TouchID. Some manufacturers, like Samsung and Huawei, bake similar features right into their Android skins.

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The report also added that users can still reply to messages from notifications or receive WhatsApp calls without the need for authentication. The folks over at WhatsApp have made a decision to add an extra layer of security for those using the app and allow them to lock the app behind Face ID or Touch ID. If you have them turned on then you'll be able to both see and reply to any messages without having to unlock the app.

Spotted by 9to5, the feature is available to iPhone users with the WhatsApp version, 2.19.20.

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