Published: Tue, February 05, 2019
Technology | By Nina Perez

WhatsApp finally gets Face ID and Touch ID support

WhatsApp finally gets Face ID and Touch ID support

When the lock is turned on, the WhatsApp iOS app will ask for your Touch ID or Face ID first to access the app. Recently, a new bug on the WhatsApp Android app has been discovered which continues to save the last message that you have replied even after you have exited the app. Leaking message contents to other apps is a far more serious issue that has not been well addressed.

An update to the Facebook-owned messaging app has just been released for the iPhone that adds an extra layer of security for WhatsApp users on Apple's devices.

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WhatsApp is finally bring an in-built app lock to access chat. Since iOS itself locks a native app locking ability, it is up to developers to add this feature to their apps. There is no word as to when Android users will get the same.

You can activate them by going into Settings, Account, Privacy and toggling the options found in Screen Lock. Getting into the details about the feature, iOS users need to be running version 2.19.20 for iOS. If anyone does enable the feature, they should also ensure that their notification previews have been properly set to hide sensitive content from being displayed. From there, all you have to do is enable Screen Lock. Fingerprint authentication is expected to be supported on devices running Android 6.0 and above.

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