WhatsApp Fingerprint Lock Update On Android

Fingerprint lock made its entry with smartphones a long time ago, but usage has only risen recently as budget phones available now have this feature. More and more people are interested in making their phone private with the biometric lock. There are a number of apps available for locking your android with a fingerprint. This makes it hard for people to sneak into your phones as they can’t use passwords or PIN which can be accessed by overlooking. With WhatsApp Fingerprint lock update you would feel extra safe.

WhatsApp being the chosen messenger for communicating by the majority of people around needs a lock more than any app on your phone. It has been long since app lock for smartphones is being used to keep things private.

What is the WhatsApp Fingerprint Lock update ?

WhatsApp Fingerprint lock

There are several apps available to lock WhatsApp to keep your private conversation under wraps. Using a lock will make handing over your phone to someone easy as important stuff is locked with a code or password which is known to you. Fingerprint takes this to another level by making it more private affair as one can find out password or PIN for lock apps by overlooking and use it in your absence. This cannot be the case with fingerprint as you are required to give you a biometric impression to unlock the app. Therefore, this feature has made a way to in the in-build feature on WhatsApp. You can find this already working for iOS users, fingerprint lock for WhatsApp on iPhone can be enabled.

How To Enable The Fingerprint Lock On WhatsApp For Android Phone?

Presently available for the beta version testers, WhatsApp can be seen with a fingerprint lock option. You can find this very helpful as a third-party app won’t be required to lock WhatsApp chat once this is feature is released.

Note: It is currently available for the Android version 8 and above beta users.

Follow the steps below to enable fingerprint lock on WhatsApp for Android:

Step 1:  Launch the app on your phone, make sure you have the latest beta version.

Step 2: Head to Settings from the top-right corner menu button.


Step 3: Now go to Account.

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Step 4: Go to Privacy.


Step 5: Select Fingerprint, the option shown in last.

WhatsApp Privacy Settings

Step 6: Turn On the option “Unlock with Fingerprint” by toggling the switch.  Add your fingerprint lock for enabling the feature.

Whatsapp Fingerprint lock update

This says three options appear as follows-

  • Automatically lock:
    Whatsapp Fingerprint update options
  1. Immediately
  2. After 1 minute
  3. After 30 minutes.

You can choose any one according to your preference.

  • Show content in notifications:

Whether you wish to preview the messages in notifications or not. You will be able to see these if it is turned on along with the sender’s name and the content of the message.

But if you wish to turn it off, the preview is disabled, and no message will show in notification in locked state.

Remember you can still receive calls on WhatsApp with the lock enabled.


So, this is a simple method to get a fingerprint lock on WhatsApp for your Android device. This feature is currently available for WhatsApp beta version only. Join the Beta tester community to have a first look in your Android devices. You can give your reviews on features tested by WhatsApp before that is launched officially for the messenger app.

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