How To Use Fingerprint Sensor To Lock WhatsApp Chats On iPhone

Most new smartphones ship with a fingerprint sensor as a security option. Now, WhatsApp plans to add the biometrics to its app. The new feature will significantly improve security for users of the popular messaging platform. A new update now adds fingerprint lock to the WhatsApp on the iPhone devices. Read more to find about How To Use Fingerprint Sensor To Lock WhatsApp Chats On iPhone

How To Use Fingerprint Sensor To Lock WhatsApp Chats On iPhone

The biometrics will be added to the WhatsApp Authentification feature in the new update. It will allow users to protect their messages with their fingerprint. The Facebook-owned app has released a new beta update via TestFlight beta program.

The new security option will allow users to choose from FaceID unlock (iPhone X or above), TouchID or passcode. Users will still be able to reply to received messages from the locked screen notifications and also answer WhatsApp calls. However, the preview snapshot of the app will go empty and will show nothing.

WhatsApp claims that the fingerprint and the face unlock data are encrypted in your iPhone. The messaging platform will not get your security data.

Also read: How To Mute WhatsApp Notifications Without Opening The App

Here’s How To Use Fingerprint Sensor To Lock WhatsApp Chats On iPhone

  • Open WhatsApp and go to the ‘Settings’.
  • Next, choose ‘Privacy’.
  • Choose ‘Screen Lock’.
  • Now, select the ‘TouchID’ option.
  • Shut down the app and restart it again.
  • That’s it.

Note: If WhatsApp is unable to detect your fingerprint, you can log in via passcode.

Also read: How To Use Group Video Calling Feature On WhatsApp


The Facebook-owned app has been constantly adding new features throughout this year. The messaging platform has over 200 million monthly active users in India and 1.2 billion users worldwide. Recently, it rolled out ‘Forward Message Limit’ for Indian users to limit fake news and misuse of its platform. WhatsApp allowed users to forward messages for up to 20 chats. Now, message forwarding will be limited to five chats in India.

WhatsApp also added a new Mute button that allows users to mute chat directly from the notifications panel. The messaging platform also announced the addition of ‘Picture-in-Picture’ Mode to Android app. It will allow users to watch YouTube videos while checking the messages. The company also added WhatsApp group video and voice calling features. It allows you to chat with up to four people at the same time.

Also read: WhatsApp Group Video And Voice Calling Features Available On Android Beta

Recently, a new update added support for the Apple iPhone XS Max along with exclusive features for iPhone and iPad users. iOS version of WhatsApp now comes with a new design for shortcuts which appear after long pressing a message. The shortcuts will no appear in a White vertical layout. The messaging platform also comes with the support for consecutive playback of voice messages. You don’t have to press play on each message anymore.

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