According to the report published by WeBetaInfo, WhatsApp’s v188.8.131.52 introduces Face ID and Touch ID authentication option. The update is pushed through the TestFlight beta program. The platform will push the feature to the public version after testing it with a small set of users.
The official press release reads, “We already talked about the Authentication feature, but it was not publicly available. Finally today WhatsApp has released the feature for all beta testers, and we have noticed some small improvements.”
The platform has added the new Face ID and Touch ID to make chats more private and secure. iPhone X and newer version of iPhones will support Face ID authentication while iPhones with the fingerprint sensor will support Touch ID authentication.
WhatsApp already supports end-to-end encryption feature. The feature ensures that only receiver and sender can read the WhatsApp messages. The feature is available on both Android and iPhone’s public version.
In order to enable the authentication feature on iPhone, users can find the feature under WhatsApp Settings>Accounts>Privacy. WeBetaInfo report highlights that users can continue to reply to WhatsApp calls without needing to authenticate. There are more options to configure the TouchID or FaceID unlock. Once the configuration is done, users need to close the app and restart it to use the feature.
Android users will have to wait before they receive the feature.