WhatsApp for Android Beta receives Fingerprint Unlock feature


The company has now started testing the feature on its Android beta app with its new version 2.19.221 update.

WABetainfo WABetainfo also says that Whatsapp is now working on the "Dark mode" feature and will roll it out in the coming three months. For the unaware, Fingerprint Lock feature allows WhatsApp users to secure their app via the fingerprint sensor and this feature is pretty much similar to the authentication feature rolled out to iOS users a few months ago. Users will need to enable it in Settings, and this feature will allow users to add a layer of protection to their app chats, keeping lurkers at bay. It's now finally available in the latest beta channel update to the Android app.

WhatsApp by Facebook continues to be the instant messaging platform for a large number of users, mainly due to its ease-of-use, seamless signup and a positive feedback loop of everyone else in your social circles using it.

The feature is compatible with phones running Android Marshmallow or higher, and those that feature a fingerprint scanner. If everything goes well during tests, Fingerprint Lock might be deployed to all Android users in the next couple of weeks.

The new Fingerprint Lock feature on WhatsApp is offered with three options - "immediately", "After 1 minute" and "After 30 minutes".

If you disable this option, you would be able to reply to messages from the notification bar and even accept or decline WhatsApp calls without having to punch in your biometrics. Users can find a new option called Fingerprint lock.

According to Forbes. WhatsApp is also working on a payments feature that will be tested in India first because the country is a huge market for the app and then it would be launched in several other countries. The message content will also be hidden if you're using WhatsApp widget on the home screen.

To update WhatsApp beta to the latest version, head to the Play Store or download it from APK Mirror.