WhatsApp Beta for Android is now receiving a new update with version number- 2.19.3. You can still answer calls if WhatsApp is locked. A Dark mode is still in the works, but fingerprint unlocking already came to iOS a few months ago.
Users will also have an option to choose when they want to use the fingerprint lock feature.
WABetaInfo, one of the go-to sites for upcoming WhatsApp features, is reporting that there's a new security feature on the horizon for the world's favourite messaging application (outside of China). It is disabled by default, and users will have to enable it by going to WhatsApp Settings Account Privacy Fingerprint lock. It will be just like unlocking your Android phone using the fingerprint scanner.
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WhatsApp is now testing the fingerprint unlock feature on its beta Android app with the build number 2.19.221, reported WABetaInfo.
With this feature, WhatsApp users would only be able to unlock WhatsApp and resume the app from where they left it. If you have already updated to the latest version, and don't see the feature, try backing up chat history and reinstalling the same WhatsApp version. WhatsApp also lets you choose from the locking interval, though the time interval options available feel a bit restrictive; we're sure the service will consider more options in the future. With this feature, you only have to unlock it when you open the app, otherwise, you can attend the WhatsApp calls without unlocking the app.
WABetaInfo spotted this feature first, and says, "I can say that it's safe for your privacy to enable the Fingerprint lock feature because WhatsApp, as any other app, cannot access to your fingerprint data: the authentication process is managed by the Android system: WhatsApp uses official Android APIs, so no information is sent to WhatsApp/Facebook Server".