WhatsApp for iPhone Gets Face ID, Touch ID Biometric Authentication

WhatsApp gets Face ID Touch ID security

You can finally setup Face ID or Touch ID to lock your WhatsApp app on iOS devices. The feature is available for WhatsApp iOS version 2.19.20 and users can update their app to use it.

Hopefully this is an added layer of security that more messaging and social media apps will implement in the future. You can't lock select chats within the app yet but even an app-wide lock method is a useful feature.

"The feature is now only on the iOS app, and adds a new feature to the Privacy menu in users" settings. When enabled, the app will require the user to rely on Touch ID or Face ID every time they access the app. Some manufacturers, like Samsung and Huawei, bake similar features right into their Android skins.

Interestingly, WhatsApp hasn't added the option to add a seperate passcode and users will have to rely on biometrics like Touch ID or Face ID only which is used to lock the iPhone or iPad. If you have them turned on then you'll be able to both see and reply to any messages without having to unlock the app. The app will also prevent users from checking the preview out in the multi-tasking window if and when the authentication feature is enabled.

Such a feature was previously available on Android and iPhone devices and allows such content to be consumed in a separate window, meaning WhatsApp fans are able to continue their chats at the same time.

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