WhatsApp updated with ability to lock app behind Face or Touch ID

Popular Facebook-owned chat service has its iOS today with support for biometric authentication, allowing users to ‘lock’ the with Face ID or ID. Although the feature does not on a per chat basis, enabling the feature does add an extra layer of to your private WhatsApp conversations.

The feature can be toggled by updating to the latest version, 2.19.20, from the Apple App Store, then heading to “Settings” –> “Account” –> “Privacy” before tapping “Screen ” on.

Though users will still be able to view WhatsApp notifications (should they choose to display message previews) and quick reply within iOS, the full app won’t be able to be accessed unless the standard iOS authentication process is successful.

The update log makes no mention of any other features, however, you can still read the brief description for WhatsApp 2.19.20 below,

• You can now require Face ID or Touch ID to unlock WhatsApp. Tap “Settings” > “Account” > “Privacy” and enable Screen Lock.

Previously, WhatsApp made headlines when Facebook CEO said that merging Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram would create a safer experience. He compared the possible merging of the services to iMessage.

Is this a feature you’d like to see on the Messages app directly within iOS? Let us know in the comments section below!

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