WhatsApp is rolling out the Fingerprint Lock feature for Android beta users today!

WhatsApp has submitted a new update through the Google Play Beta Program, bringing the version up to 2.19.221. But what features has WhatsApp added in this update?

  • Fingerprint Lock for Android Beta

According to WABetainfo, a website that tracks WhatsApp updates, WhatsApp is finally ready to release Fingerprint Lock feature for all Android beta users! WhatsApp was working for a lot of months on this new feature that is in high demand. After enabling the Screen Lock feature for iOS beta users (more than 3 months ago),

After showing its first tracks in the 2.19.3 update, WhatsApp is finally rolling out, for all Android beta users (having Android Marshmallow or newer and a fingerprint sensor), the Fingerprint lock! As you can see in the below image/screenshot, If you want to enable it, you need to open WhatsApp Settings > Account > Privacy: here you can find a new option called Fingerprint lock.


If you open Fingerprint lock, you can verify that’s finally possible to enable the feature. If you choose to enable the Fingerprint lock feature you can still reply to messages from notifications and answer WhatsApp calls, because the authentication is only required when you want to open WhatsApp.


After configuring the feature as you can see in the above image/screenshot, you are ready to test it. For example, if you chose “Immediately”, WhatsApp will ask to authenticate your identity every time you open WhatsApp. Recent improvements of the feature also show a new option called Show content in notifications, so you can decide if you want to show or hide message and sender preview when the Fingerprint lock is enabled. When you enable the Fingerprint Lock feature, the widget content is hidden by default. The authentication process is managed by the Android system. WhatsApp uses official Android APIs, so no information is sent to WhatsApp/Facebook Server.
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