WhatsApp is constantly trying to update, either to add convenience features or those for security.
Earlier this month, the app introduced a feature marking out frequently forwarded texts. Now, it looks like they may be working on a fingerprint authentication feature.
In the latest version 2.19.83 update to the beta app, WABetaInfo has spotted what looks like evidence of an incoming fingerprint lock feature. Right now, the app seems to have a setting you can toggle, and there’s also an idea of what it will look like. Unfortunately, it’s not ready yet and therefore not available to use.
The authentication feature will let users separately lock their WhatsApp even when their phone is unlocked. You know, to keep people around you from snooping when they have your phone.
It’ll ideally be enabled from the Settings menu by going to Account, hitting the Privacy options and then selecting ‘Use Fingerprint to Unlock’. Once enabled, the app will save your fingerprint, and will give you the option to have the app locked the second you leave, or a certain amount of time after.
If the app doesn’t unlock after multiple tries, it will reportedly show an error message, so maybe you’ll even be able to tell someone tried to unlock your phone.
WABetaInfo expects the feature to roll out to beta users in the next update, though it’s not clear how long Android users will have to wait for it to reach the full version. iPhone users already have this feature in the stable version of the app, with the addition of a FaceID lock.