IPhone users can now unlock, lock WhatsApp via Face ID, Touch ID

Isaac Cain
February 4, 2019

Apple iPhone users can now choose to set up Face ID or Touch ID to open the WhatsApp app on their device. In there, you have the option to turn on Face ID or Touch ID for the app.

WhatsApp has just received a small but important update, which will make your conversations safer from prying eyes. In the future, Facebook plans to create a unified messaging system that would work across Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram, complete with end-to-end encryption.

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You can enable Screen Lock in WhatsApp on iPhone by going to Settings - Account - Privacy. Getting into the details about the feature, iOS users need to be running version 2.19.20 for iOS. You can't lock select chats within the app yet but even an app-wide lock method is a useful feature. This new update will allow you to protect your private messages from others. But if you want to access anything else in the app, you'll have to use your finger or face to unlock it. The feature is yet to roll out for Android users. Messages will still be partially visible via notifications, and they can still be quick-replied to.

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