Android users will soon get a new way to secure their WhatsApp accounts and protect their conversations from any potential danger. Users who already have Android phones can use the fingerprint to unlock the app, but soon they will be able to use the facial recognition sensor in their phone as well - or any other biometric sensor in their phones.
iPhone users have been able to unlock WhatsApp via this feature for some time thanks to the app's support for Apple's Face ID, but this is the first time that the feature will be available for Android devices.
The credit for discovering this impressive feature are the researchers at WABetaInfo, whose main task is to research WhatsApp beta versions to find new features that are in development but not yet released. And their latest work is to discover the redesigned privacy settings page for Android, where the current Fingerprint Lock option has been replaced by Biometric Lock.
This is a major improvement in the privacy settings of one of the world's most popular messaging apps, with billions in use. Very soon, you will be able to use WhatsApp freely and unlock it either by fingerprint or facial recognition.
Want to try the new WhatsApp feature?
There is no way to know when biometric authentication will be available for Android, but if you want to be the first to try it, you will need to join the WhatsApp beta program as this feature is not available on the final version yet.
To join the beta version for Android, visit the WhatsApp Beta page on Google Play and enter your details. If you already have the public version of the program installed on your device, it will update to the beta version automatically within a few hours.
It is worth noting that WhatsApp is currently working to add a feature to support opening an account on more than one device because there are many of us who own more than one phone. The new feature will precisely synchronize the account with all associated devices.
In order to try this feature, you will also have to join the beta version of the application as it is not officially available on the final version at this time. To see more details from here.