WhatsApp’s latest feature blocks users from taking chat screenshots

WhatsApp has submitted a new update through the Google Play Beta Program, WhatsApp fingerprint recognition on Android phones blocks users from taking screenshot of conversations, the latest beta update shows.

  • WhatsApp has been working on implementing biometric authentication for Android phones.
  • Enabling biometric authentication on Android will block conversation screenshots.

According to WABetainfo, a website that tracks WhatsApp updates, enabling biometric authentication on Android will block conversation screenshots. The description in the feature titled ‘Fingerprint security’ reads, “When enabled, fingerprint is required to open WhatsApp and conversation screenshots are blocked.”


As you can see in the above image/screenshot, This essentially means that those who use fingerprint sensor to lock/unlock WhatsApp will not be allowed to take screenshots of chats. Biometric authentication is still not available for WhatsApp users, and even public beta users. There’s no confirmation on whether this new update will come with biometric authentication.

On Android phones, users will find biometric authentication from Settings > Account > Privacy. WhatsApp will also give users options to automatically lock WhatsApp after 1 minute, 10 minutes, 30 minutes or immediately. If WhatsApp doesn’t recognise the fingerprint and there are too many failed attempts, WhatsApp will be locked for a few minutes.
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