Published: Mon, February 04, 2019
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

WhatsApp launches biometrics lock for iPhone

WhatsApp launches biometrics lock for iPhone

WhatsApp Messenger is a FREE messaging app available for iPhone and other smartphones.

However, new functionality does not necessarily arrive on all three platforms at the same time. Once that's done, open the app and head to Settings, Account, Privacy, and then Screen Lock.

This was demonstrated last week when WhatsApp Web finally received the ability to watch videos in a picture-in-picture format. As previously reported, as part of the feature, users will need to unlock the app by unlocking it so that people can't snoop in on their conversations. Once you moved to the Screen Lock screen, the app shows the available authentication method - either Face ID or Touch ID - that you can enable to lock your WhatsApp.

If you own an iPhone X or greater, you can use Face ID to unlock WhatsApp while iPhone 8 and lower devices will make use of Touch ID.

When enabled, the feature will still let you reply to messages from notifications and answer calls if the app is locked, as Facebook explains right inside the app.

The new tool has also been rumoured to arrive for Android devices.

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