WhatsApp on iOS: How to activate Face ID, Touch ID authentication in iOS iPhone and iPad

WhatsApp is the perennially popular third-party chat app available across a raft of internet-enabled devices. WhatsApp regularly rolls-out updates and introduces exciting new features but these rarely arrive on different platforms simultaneously. Apple iPhone users have just received a new WhatsApp security update currently unavailable for any of their rivals.

The latest WhatsApp for iPhone 2.19.20 update arrives with eagerly-anticipated biometric authentication.

You can now require Face ID or Touch ID to unlock WhatsApp

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This WhatsApp update offer users an additional level of security with the adoption of cutting-edge technology.

IPhone users can now lock WhatsApp on their smartphone by activating the native iOS Face ID or Touch ID.

The description for the new update on the App Store reads: “You can now require Face ID or Touch ID to unlock WhatsApp.”

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WhatsApp: The iOS offers a sophisticated way to make the chat app more secure (Image: Getty)

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WhatsApp security: Apple iOS Face ID is coming to the chat app (Image: Getty)

The new feature, which was first leaked in October 2018, works in the same way to locking Signal or Outlook on your Apple iPhone.

The WhatsApp 2.19.20 update applies biometric authentication to open the chat app.

However, the feature does not offer additional security to your individual WhatsApp conversations.

Android will have to wait a little longer before a similar level of sophisticated authentication arrives on the smartphones.

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How to use Touch ID and Face ID on WhatsApp:

The latest WhatsApp iOS update means users can lock the app with Face ID or Touch ID.

Begin by going to Settings, Account, Privacy, then Screen Lock on your iPhone.

Once you have navigated to the Screen Lock screen, the app presents the available authentication method – Face ID or Touch ID – that you can enable to lock your WhatsApp.

Users must choose which biometric authentication requirement they want.

Options range from immediately, after an interval of a minute, 15 minutes, or one hour.

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WhatsApp: iPhone users have just received a new WhatsApp security update (Image: WhatsApp)

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WhatsApp: The 2.19.20 update applies biometric authentication to open the chat app (Image: Getty)

WhatsApp still allows users to reply to messages from notifications and answer calls, without requiring biometric authentication.

It is also worth remembering, access to all your messages is opened once the unlock has been successfully detect via Face ID or Touch ID.

So the latest iOS upgrade will not lock your WhatsApp chats on an ad hoc basis.

The ability to unlock using Face ID or Touch ID on WhatsApp works similar to how Outlook and Signal are offering biometric authentication on their iPhone apps.

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It is widely believed the use of biometrics to unlock will prepare WhatsApp to roll-out its payments.

The WhatsApp payments feature has been in the beta stage since February 2018.

And interestingly, Google Pay, which also supports UPI-based transactions, is already supporting Face ID and Touch ID to enable biometric authentication.

To experience the new change, you need to download the latest WhatsApp version from the App Store.

The biometric authentication is 137.7MB and is compatible with iPhone models running iOS 8.0 and above.

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