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Protecting WhatsApp with Face ID or Touch ID in iOS

After quite a while of claiming it, WhatsApp users with an iPhone are finally being rewarded. We talked about the possibility of protecting our chats with a security measure already implemented on the iPhone since 5s. We refer to the possibility of being able to protect WhatsApp with Face ID or Touch ID.

In the last few hours WhatsApp has released an update that fulfills one of its biggest claims. From now on it will be possible to protect the application with Face ID on iPhone X, XS, XS Max and XR and with Touch ID on iPhone 5s, 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8 and 8 Plus.

Protecting WhatsApp with Face ID or Touch ID in iOS
Protecting WhatsApp with Face ID or Touch ID in iOS

You can make this WhatsApp feature available once you go to the ‘Updates’ tab on the App Store and update the app. After that, the process to start protecting the app will be as follows:

  1. Open WhatsApp.
  2. Go to Settings (bottom right tab).
  3. Go to Account , Privacy , Screen Saver.
  4. Activate the ‘Require Face ID/Touch ID’ tab.
  5. Select when you want Face ID or Touch ID required: Immediately, after 1 minute, after 15 minutes, after 1 hour.

Once you log back into the application you will be presented with a tab asking for permission to allow WhatsApp to use Face ID or Touch ID . You must of course allow this for the lock to work using this security measure. If at the time you are required to unlock the application you are not recognized for a certain number of attempts you will need to enter your iPhone code to unlock it.

That’s how easy it will be to set up this security measure that will keep the most curious away from your private conversations. We insist on emphasizing the positive aspect of this update, since it was something that had been asked for a long time and that seemed to have been discarded because it had not been seen in all these years.

We don’t know if WhatsApp will be joined by applications such as Facebook or Instagram, which are owned by the same owner, the well-known Mark Zuckerberg. However it would be interesting if iOS could incorporate this feature as standard , i.e. we could select a set of applications that we want to protect with Face ID or Touch ID. We will have to wait until June in the iOS 13 release to see if Apple has thought of this.

What do you think about this long-awaited WhatsApp release? Leave your impressions in the comments.

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