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WhatsApp's fingerprint unlock feature is now on Android

WhatsApp has announced that its app can now be locked with a fingerprint on Android, following the addition of biometric security to its iOS version earlier this year. Turning the feature on means you need to use your fingerprint to unlock the app even after unlocking your phone. Or an extra level of security similar to what you might find in a banking app.

The update does appear to be available in all regions just yet, but once it arrives, WhatsApp says it will be able to access additional security from within the app's Privacy settings menu. There are options to let the app remain unblocked for one or 30 minutes after you unlock it, and also to prevent the contents of your messages from appearing in notifications.

We've known that the feature has been coming to Android since WABetaInfo reported that it had appeared in a beta version of the app back in August. Unfortunately, while on iOS, the feature supports both Touch ID and Face ID, Android appears to be limited to just fingerprint unlock since there is no mention of face unlock in WhatsApp's announcement. (Sorry, Pixel 4 owners.)

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