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WhatsApp & # 39; s fingerprint unlocking feature is now available on Android

WhatsApp has announced that his app can now be locked with a fingerprint on Android, after the addition of biometric security to his iOS version earlier this year. If you enable the feature, you must use your fingerprint to unlock the app even after you unlock your phone. It is an additional security level comparable to what you could find in a banking app.

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The update does not seem to be available in all & # 39; s regions, but once it arrives, WhatsApp says you can enable additional security from the app's Privacy Settings menu. There are options to leave the app unlocked for one to 30 minutes after you unlock it, and there is also a switch to prevent the content of your messages from being displayed in notifications.

We know that the feature has since come to Android WABetaInfo reported that it was released in August in a beta version of the app. Unfortunately, while on iOS the feature supports both Touch ID and Face ID, Android appears to be limited to fingerprint unlocking only, since there is no mention of face unlocking in the announcement of WhatsApp. (Sorry, Pixel 4 owners.)