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Facebook's WhatsApp Adds Support for Face ID/Touch ID Biometric Lock on iOS

04 February 2019, 07:59 | Casey Mitchell

Facebook's WhatsApp Adds Support for Face ID/Touch ID Biometric Lock on iOS

WhatsApp for iPhone Gets Face ID Touch ID Biometric Authentication

Version 2.19.20 of the chatting client, that is now available to download through the App Store, provides fans with the ability to lock WhatsApp so either Face ID or Touch ID is needed to open it.

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Users will see options to unlock WhatsApp immediately, after one minute, after 15 minutes or after one hour. To benefit from the new security feature, simply head to Settings / Account / Privacy and make sure to enable Screen Lock. Depending on your phone, you can either use the old Touch ID or the newer Face ID method. Of course, if you're using WhatsApp quite often, the additional security protection added in the latest update may be bothersome, but better safe than sorry. While just a few Android handsets out there feature 3D facial recognition support like the iPhone, all of them have fingerprint sensors, which means WhatsApp for Android can and should receive this feature in the near future. Your WhatsApp notifications are still visible, and you can do quick replies within iOS without authentication.

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