Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp has today rolled out a feature where you will be able to unlockWhatsApp on your smartphone by using the fingerprint sensor on your Android device. It will be just like unlocking your Android phone using the fingerprint scanner. To get this feature activated on your smartphone, you need to have Android beta version 2.19.221. This feature is now available in India.
According to WABetainfo, you need to update your WhatsApp to get the app if you do not see this feature. But this is true only if you have signed up and are using the WhatsApp Android beta app.
To enable this feature in your app, you need to so to the WhatsApp Settings>Account>Privacy>Fingerprint lock. Just turn on the toggle in front of that and it will prompt you to verify it. With this feature, you only have to unlock it when you open the app, otherwise, you can attend the WhatsApp calls without unlocking the app. You can still reply to the WhatsApp messages from notification without actually entering the app.
Users will also have an option to choose when they want to use the fingerprint lock feature.
In simple words, if you unlock the app via fingerprint every time you need to reply to a message, then that can be annoying for some. So you can choose from three options —Immediately, after 1 minute or after 30 minutes. If you choose “Immediately”, you will have to unlock the app every time you open it. iOS users will also have an additional option of 15 minutes.
Another advantage that you will get with this feature is that you can decide if want the WhatsApp messages to show n the notification bar or not.
WABetainfo WABetainfo also says that Whatsapp is currently working on the “Dark mode” feature and will roll it out in the coming three months.