New reports are suggesting that WhatsApp is working on fingerprint verification for chats and it could be coming sooner than expected. This security feature from the company will protect the users chats and can only be opened with the user’s fingerprint. This verification will work separately from the usual phone unlock feature on Android and will provide users a complete security of their WhatsApp messages apart from the company’s security features for chats.
The report also says that WhatsApp will also include a biometric verification for iOS, considering the availability of Face ID and Touch ID available on iPhones. However, these features will not pertain to Android users as they will only have fingerprint verification on their phones. The website wabetainfo.com explains that the feature is currently under development in WhatsApp’s 2.19.3 Beta version.
The feature is aimed to keep all the chats in your WhatsApp account to be accessible by only you and nobody else. The fingerprint feature will work with the same fingerprint scanner on your phone that you use to unlock your Android device. The company will ensure to make the feature available to millions of Android users worldwide and value their personal space.
The report on Wabetainfo.com said:
After working to implement Face ID and Touch ID features on iOS (that aren’t available yet for development reasons), WhatsApp has finally started to work on the Authentication feature on Android, using your Fingerprint!
The user will need to authenticate his identity in order to open WhatsApp (from the app icon, from the notification or from external pickers). It will protect the entire app, so it’s not used to lock specific conversations