WhatsApp fingerprint authentication

Are you concerned about the security of your WhatsApp Message on your phone? Are you using the third-party tool to secure your WhatsApp messages? If your answer of these questions is “Yes”, then WhatsApp is soon going to cheer you up. WhatsApp has been working on a host of new features for both Android and iOS users, and while the WhatsApp Dark Mode feature was recently reported to be rolled out along with the Android Q update, a new report suggests that Android users might soon get a new WhatsApp fingerprint authentication option which will add more security to the messaging application.

The feature, first spotted by WABetaInfo, has reportedly been rolled out in the WhatsApp’s beta version for Android 2.19.3 update. As stated above the feature is expected to bring a huge relief to millions of users globally, who had to rely on third-party applications for securing their WhatsApp account.

The move comes after months of speculations amid reports that stated that the developers are working on bringing Face ID and Touch ID to WhatsApp for iOS. Once rolled out, the feature will make several popular third-party security/privacy apps redundant.

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According to the WABetaInfo report, the fingerprint security feature will be used only for unlocking the application and not for any individual/group conversations.

The post said the WhatsApp fingerprint authentication still needs improvement and it will take some time before a full-fledged roll out. Face ID and Touch ID integration are yet to be made available for development reasons.

WhatsApp currently deploys end to end encryption, to protect the privacy of a user’s messages. However, with the new fingerprint authentication wall, users can easily lock the app and prevent messages, photos, videos, voice messages, documents, status updates from falling into the wrong hands.

WhatsApp fingerprint authentication

This feature will be made available for Android users with Marshmallow and above, followed by iOS users.

Further, the new WhatsApp beta for Android 2.19.3 update will reportedly come with a new as well as improved Audio picker where users will be able to preview the audio files before sending them. There will be a new tray to open the audio files while image preview of the audio file will also be available, if available. Moreover, WhatsApp users will be able to send a maximum of 30 audio files at the same time.

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