Fingerprint unlock feature is coming to Android

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Similar to the Authentication feature on iOS, users can still reply to messages from the notifications shade and answer calls, even when the app is locked. Screen lock is available for users on the abovementioned Beta release, and who are using it on Android Marshmallow and above. For the time being, the new feature is available only in WhatsApp for Android beta, although you need version 2.19.221 or newer to find it in the Settings menu.

Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp has today rolled out a feature where you will be able to unlock WhatsApp on your smartphone by using the fingerprint sensor on your Android device.

Despite its enormous user base, WhatsApp can often be slow to introduce the most hotly-anticipated new features. However, the company went ahead with Fingerprint Lock nomenclature ensuring no confusion in terms of name.

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WABetaInfo spotted this feature first, and says, "I can say that it's safe for your privacy to enable the Fingerprint lock feature because WhatsApp, as any other app, cannot access to your fingerprint data: the authentication process is managed by the Android system: WhatsApp uses official Android APIs, so no information is sent to WhatsApp/Facebook Server".

If users chose the "Immediately" option when they have to authenticate their identity, WhatsApp will ask to authenticate their identity every time they open the app. Well, the wait is over, as the feature is finally here on the latest WhatsApp beta app.

When the fingerprint lock feature has been enabled, users will get three locking options to choose from: immediately, after one minute, and after 30 minutes. Right now, the 2.19.3 beta update is rolling out in batches and it's yet to pop up on Google Play Store as well. Also, note that the widget content is hidden by default when you enable the feature, though if you wanted privacy in your chats, you wouldn't be adding a preview widget to your homescreen.

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