After its availability on iOS, WhatsApp is beginning to implement one of the most interesting utilities for the protection of user privacy on Android. As revealed by the specialized portal WABetaInfo this Tuesday, the instant messaging service has begun to deploy the function of protect the app with fingerprint for all those who are using the beta version of it.
However, and despite this limitation, it is an important step because it represents the opening to a remarkably wide audience and forms the prelude to the final arrival to the general public. As mentioned in the aforementioned information, the version that begins to enable this option is 2.19.221, so it will be the one that will have to be downloaded to dispose of it immediately.
How to use the fingerprint lock on WhatsApp
As expected, the implementation of this option is very similar to the one found in iOS, offering the user different configurations to select the one that best suits each case. It can be accessed from the settings of the application itself through Account> Privacy.
Once there you can select between three options that will delimit the moment the application crashes –And begins to ask for unlocking by fingerprint after leaving it, therefore–: immediately, after 1 minute or after 30 minutes. Once one of them has been selected, WhatsApp will block access to the app according to the new rule, thus preventing third parties from entering it without prior verification.
Similarly, it is necessary to point out that by enabling this setting only you can see and answer notifications and receive calls without having to use your fingerprint directly from the notification center. In the case of wanting to limit this to a greater extent, within the Privacy section one can choose not to show the content of the messages or the name of the sender in the WhatsApp notifications on the phone.