Back in January, WhatsApp announced the FingerPrint ID authentication feature, in order to offer extra securities and it was later rolled out to iPhone users in early February. Then later in August, it was made available to Android beta testers in August. Well, the feature is now rolling out globally to all Android users.

You can now use FingerPrint ID authentication to unlock their WhatsApp application.

WhatsApp Gets FingerPrint Authentication Feature

Once the FingerPrint Authentication is turned on, the widget content will be hidden by default. But users can still answer WhatsApp calls and reply to messages from notifications since the authentication of the fingerprint is only required when the user wants to open the app and access it.


How Can I Access FingerPrint ID for WhatsApp on Android

  • Open WhatsApp Settings (can be accessed by clicking the three dots present on top right corner) > Account > Privacy.
  • You will find a new option called ‘Fingerprint lock’ under ‘Privacy’.
  • Turn on ‘Unlock with fingerprint’ option to enable the feature.
  • Confirm the selection by touching the fingerprint sensor.

There are three options available for users to authenticate their identity; visible under ‘Automatically lock and includes options like ‘Immediately’, ‘After 1 minute’ and ‘After 30 minutes’.


If you are yet to get it as a regular WhatsApp user, simply get you app updated to the latest and the feature will be live for you. You can share your experience with us via the comment box below.

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