Fingerprint lock in WhatsApp was a long due feature. While the other IM apps such as Telegram caught up in the race and introduced many features WhatsApp did not.
This guide is exclusively for Android users.
It is the strategy of Facebook to exploit the popularity of WhatsApp rather than making it famous (as if it wasn't already) by introducing new features.
Or maybe, Facebook wants to keep it simple to use for its users which covers very diverse demographics. Nonetheless, fingerprint lock is here and now you don't need third-party apps to protect your privacy.
Feature Highlights of Fingerprint lock in WhatsApp
- More Secure, no more third-party apps required.
- Option to enable it immediately, after 1 minute or after 30 minutes.
- No interruption in WhatsApp calls.
- Option to show notification/new messages on lockscreen.
How to enable fingerprint lock in WhatsApp? It is quite simple. Just follow these simple instructions.
Step 1: Open WhatsApp messaging app. Oh and if you have third party protection only for WhatsApp then please remove it.
Step 2: Tap on the options/menu on the upper right corner which looks like 3 vertical dots.
Step 3: Tap on settings. (I know you know but someone doesn't know... No Cringe, please!)
Step 4: Tap on Account. (Just a few more steps.).
Step 5: Tap on Privacy (The one with a lock icon).
Step 6: Scroll down. Tap on fingerprint lock. Enable it.
Step 7: It'll ask you for fingerprint scan to enable the same feature. Touch the fingerprint sensor.
Step 8: After enabling fingerprint lock in WhatsApp, you'll be provided few options to choose from.
There are only 3 automatic lock modes. Immediately for paranoids and after 1 minute for those who keeps checking the WhatsApp app for new messages constantly. And then there is after 30 minutes option for those who hates unlocking their phone every time they touch.
You can also choose to show/hide messages from the notification.
This feature will lock out other users from your WhatsApp be it your kids or any intruder. So if you use it for something else than personal uses than it is not a wise decision to enable fingerprint lock in WhatsApp.
This feature will mitigate the problem of installing third-party apps. Such apps are potential privacy risk for any unaware user. Also, such apps are filled with ads which is another headache in its own.