One of the world’s most popular messaging services, WhatsApp, has announced support for a new feature on Android. In the latest update, WhatsApp users on Android can now lock their conversations behind a fingerprint, giving users an extra level of security similar to what you might find in a banking app.
This feature – which previously rolled out on iOS with support for Touch ID and Face ID – allows WhatsApp users to hide their conversations behind the biometric authentication. When turned on, the feature allow users to use their fingerprint to unlock the app even after unlocking their phone. Users will also be able to set a timer on the automatic lock to prevent the fingerprint dialog from appearing every time they open up the application.
The update isn’t available in all regions yet, but once it arrives, WhatsApp has stated that users will be able to toggle on extra security from within the app’s Privacy settings menu to prevent the contents of your messages from appearing in notifications.
Unfortunately, while on iOS, the feature supports both Touch ID and Face ID, Android appears to be limited to just fingerprint unlock since there’s no mention of face unlock in WhatsApp’s announcement.