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IPhone users can now unlock, lock WhatsApp via Face ID, Touch ID

05 February, 2019, 07:31 | Author: Vicki Mclaughlin
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Apple iPhone users can now choose to set up Face ID or Touch ID to open the WhatsApp app on their device. It's also useful if you don't mind giving away your passcode for someone to, say, make a phone call, but would rather keep your messages private.

Hopefully this is an added layer of security that more messaging and social media apps will implement in the future.

WhatsApp's new version for iOS has gotten a simple but important upgrade: The app now supports Apple's Face ID face recognition tech, as well as Touch ID fingerprint scanner.

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Notably, Mashable's own Ray Wong recently got the ability to use Face ID with his iOS Instagram app; Instagram confirmed to us they're testing the feature. To activate the new feature, click Settings Account Privacy and enable Screen Lock. However, the feature doesn't add the additional security to your individual WhatsApp conversations. This mean despite having the lock on, you will still be able to see the messages in the notifications, if turned on. Messages will still be partially visible via notifications, and they can still be quick-replied to.

Such a feature was previously available on Android and iPhone devices and allows such content to be consumed in a separate window, meaning WhatsApp fans are able to continue their chats at the same time.

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