You Can Now Use Face ID And Touch ID To Protect WhatsApp Conversations On iPhones

The feature is available with the current version, 2.19.20.

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Ever hesitated to pass your phone to someone for even a minute, in case a notification from a private WhatsApp chat pops up?

If you're an iPhone user, you won't have to worry about prying eyes anymore!

On 3 February, WhatsApp released a new update for iOs users which enables Face ID or Touch ID to protect conversations.

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iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR support Face ID, while Touch ID can be accessed on other iPhone models, The Indian Express reported.

Once enabled, WhatsApp will require users to rely on Face ID or a fingerprint scan to access the app

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While the upgrade cannot be used to secure individual WhatsApp conversations, the feature allows users to lock WhatsApp immediately or after a preset time.

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If the Face ID or Touch ID fails in authenticating the user, the passcode will be required to gain access.

The update still allows for WhatsApp messages to be replied to from banner notifications and incoming calls to be answered unless disabled under settings, The Sun reported.

The features are available with the current version of WhatsApp, 2.19.20

It can be set up under Settings > Account > Privacy > Face ID.

A fingerprint authentication feature appears to be under development for Android under its alpha development stage, and will work on smartphones with a fingerprint sensor running Android 6.0 Marshmallow or above.

Last month, WhatsApp globally lowered the number of times a user can forward a message:

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