Are you tired of the constant worry of forgetting the WhatsApp password? Well, fret not, as the latest update allows Android users to log in using facial recognition, fingerprint, or phone key. Say goodbye to the hassle of vulnerable and bothersome SMS 2FA (Two-Factor Authentication) – it’s a thing of the past for WhatsApp users on Android.
In a recent announcement via X, WhatsApp shared this exciting news. They introduced a passkey feature for Android app users. This innovative security choice empowers WhatsApp users to employ facial recognition, or fingerprint scans to effortlessly unlock and log into their accounts.
In the initial phase, this feature will be exclusive to Android-powered devices and is set to gradually roll out in the days ahead.
No More Password Hassles: WhatsApp Offers Passkey Logins on Android
WhatsApp is making a notable leap in strengthening the security and accessibility with the introduction of passwordless logins. This strategic move by WhatsApp is designed to simplify the login procedure while enhancing security, enabling users to employ facial recognition, PIN, or fingerprint to access their WhatsApp accounts. However, there is no official announcement about the anticipated release date for WhatsApp passkeys on iPhones.
Both Google and Apple have already adopted this tech, extending support for passkeys to their user base. Google, in particular, has been actively promoting the transition from conventional passwords to passkeys, underscoring their enhanced speed and security. As per Google’s info, passkeys are around 40 percent quicker than conventional passwords and utilize specialized cryptography to increase security.
Here’s how to start with Passkeys on Android devices –
- Open WhatsApp and now open the WhatsApp Settings.
- Now tap on the Account option.
- Choose Passkeys.
- Then again tap on Create a Passkey.
- Click on the Continue button.
- You’ll receive a notification from Google Password Manager, inquiring whether you wish to establish a passkey for your WhatsApp account.
- Choose Continue and then select Use screen lock to enable the use of your smartphone’s screen lock for logging into WhatsApp. Your WhatsApp passkey will be shown for your future reference.
Passkeys are steadily gaining traction as a more effective and secure means of accessing online accounts. WhatsApp’s introduction of this feature for Android users marks yet another significant stride toward a future without traditional passwords. However, the deployment of passkey support for Android will take place in phases over the coming months. Did you get this new feature already? Are you using it? Tell us all about your experience in the comments below.