14 February 2019
The latest update of WhatsApp finally brings in the ability to lock the app using the inbuilt FaceID or TouchID on iPhones. This update will help iPhone users to secure their private conversations from prying eyes. This feature has been introduced to the iOS app of WhatsApp as of now.
This is an additional layer of security as the iPhones already come with FaceID or TouchID to unlock the device. To enable this new security feature, users can simply head on to Settings > Account > Privacy and enable the Screen Lock.
Once activated, users can only access their WhatsApp chats after unlocking the application with the FaceID or TouchID. You can still continue to get the notifications and quick replies in case you’ve activated them, though access the app will not be possible without the required authentication.
While this added level of security is a welcome move by people who are concerned about their privacy, however, Facebook which relies on advertisements as its major source of income has decided to combine WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Instagram in coming years. This integration is a contradictory move to the current adding of extra security measures.
While it’s still very unclear why WhatsApp took such a long time in implementing this extra level of security since almost all the smartphones come with biometrics in some form or the other. The company has also not yet revealed when this feature will be coming to Android, however, we can only hope that an update for this comes soon for the Android app too.