WhatsApp has recently launched a new updated for its iOS users which add a new security option for its users. With this new update Whatsapp has now added bio-metric security option to its app.
Depending on your iPhone model, you will get the option of using either Face ID or Touch ID to restrict access to the software. The feature was first spotted by 9to5Mac, was made available with version 2.19.20 of WhatsApp, and can be enabled from the app’s Privacy menu within Account Settings.
Now users are not able to secure messages on a per-chat basis, the new bio-metric security option will give the users more protection even if phone itself is unlocked. Now you will want to be careful about your notification settings if you choose to secure your app, though, specifically message previews. If you have them turned on then you’ll be able to both see and reply to any messages without having to unlock the app. You’ll also be able to respond to any WhatsApp calls without needing to unlock the app first.
At the moment, the feature is only officially available within the iOS version, but recent testing noticed by WABetaInfo last month suggests that an Android release is on the way as well.