WhatsApp update: Android users

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WhatsApp update: Android users can now use Fingerprint Lock

WhatsApp just rolled out a big update for Android users: an authentication feature that will allow you to unlock the app with your fingerprint.

WhatsApp update: Android users

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The roll out follows just months after WhatsApp added the Touch ID and Face ID features of iPhone users. Do note that the new Fingerprint Lock feature is available for Android users only.

With WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption built right into the app, it’s already one of the most secure messaging apps on the market, but an extra layer of security never hurt anyone.

“When end-to-end encrypted, your messages and calls are secured so only you and the person you’re communicating with can read or listen to them, and nobody in between, not even WhatsApp.”


How to activate WhatsApp’s Fingerprint Lock feature:

To enable the new feature, simply go to Settings. Select Account, followed by Privacy. The Fingerprint Lock feature will be nestled under Privacy.

Turn on Unlock With Fingerprint and confirm your fingerprint. WhatsApp gives you three auto-lock options and you can choose if the app should lock Immediately, After 1 Minute, or After 30 Minutes.

Once enabled, you’ll need to use your fingerprint to open WhatsApp. You will still be able to answer VoIP calls if the app is locked.

Whatsapp update fingerprint lock
Image via WhatsApp

Also read – WhatsApp is working on a new group blacklist feature

Update your app regularly

Remember to update your app regularly. Just this week, Facebook – which owns WhatsApp – sued a cyber-surveillance company for targeting activists and politicians in India.

The victims were targeted by spyware known as Pegasus back in May 2019. WhatsApp now knows who was behind the attack and filed a lawsuit against NSO Group Technologies.

“After months of investigation, we can say who was behind this attack. [We] have filed a complaint in federal court that explains what happened and attributes the intrusion to an international technology company called NSO Group.”

WhatsApp, Will Cathcart

How to update WhatsApp


  • Go to Play Store
  • Then tap Menu  > My apps & games.
  • Tap UPDATE next to WhatsApp Messenger.
    • Alternatively, go to Play Store and search for WhatsApp.
    • Tap UPDATE under WhatsApp Messenger.


  • Go to App Store
  • Then tap Updates.
  • Tap UPDATE next to WhatsApp Messenger.
    • Alternatively, go to App Store and search for WhatsApp.
    • Tap UPDATE next to WhatsApp Messenger.

Windows Phone 8.1

  • Go to Store
  • Tap Menu  my apps > WhatsApp > update.
    • Alternatively, go to Store and search for WhatsApp.
    • Tap WhatsApp update.

Windows Phone 10

  • Go to Microsoft Store
  • Tap Menu  My Library.
  • Tap Update next to WhatsApp.
    • Alternatively, go to Microsoft Store and search for WhatsApp.
    • Tap WhatsApp > Update.


  • Press JioStore or Store on the apps menu.
  • Scroll to the side to select Social
  • Select WhatsApp.
  • Press OK or SELECT UPDATE.