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How to secure your WhatsApp account with a fingerprint lock

If you want an extra layer of protection for your WhatsApp chats, this can help.

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WhatsApp allows you to secure your account with a fingerprint lock. This way, your account can only be accessed by, you guessed it, your fingerprint.

Not only is passwordless sign-in convenient, but it also helps protect your accounts. All you have to do is simply scan your biometrics and boom, you’re in.

On WhatsApp, your data is safe and secure because the app doesn’t store your biometric data on the cloud or servers, making it difficult to hack.

Additionally, you can easily set it up on your Android or iOS device. We’ll show you how to set a fingerprint lock on WhatsApp below.

How to set up fingerprint lock on WhatsApp

Setting up a fingerprint lock on WhatsApp is quick and easy. Here’s how to do it step-by-step.

Whether you’re on an Android or iOS device, the process is relatively similar.

  1. Open the WhatsApp app on your mobile phoneiPhone whatsApp home screen

  2. Tap on the three dots menu button in the top-right corner of your screen (on iPhone, tap on the bottom-right Settings wheel)iPhone WhatsApp setting screens

  3. Tap on Settings, then AccountWhatsApp settings screen arrow pointing to account

  4. Tap on PrivacyWhatsApp-privacy tab pointed at it by arrow

  5. Scroll down and tap on Fingerprint lock (or Screen Lock)WhatsApp lock screen with arrow pointing at it

  6. Toggle on the Unlock with fingerprint (or TouchID) setting, and you’re all setWhatsApp-required touch ID with arrow pointing at it

And that’s all you have to do. Once you toggle that option, WhatsApp will require your fingerprint before you can access the app.

How to manage your fingerprint lock settings

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After setting up your WhatsApp fingerprint lock, you can also configure how it works. You can set it to lock immediately after you exit WhatsApp, after one minute, or after 30 minutes.

To do this, navigate to the Automatically Lock section while still on the fingerprint lock screen and select how long you’d like to wait before the fingerprint lock kicks in.

You can also use the “Show content in notification” toggle to set how WhatsApp shows content in notifications when the fingerprint lock is active.

After enabling and configuring the fingerprint lock, you will still be able to take calls even when WhatsApp is locked.

Secure your account from potential thieves and hackers

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By locking your WhatsApp account with your fingerprint, you’re securing it not just for yourself but also for others with whom you chat, text, or call.

For example, if your account is hacked, the hacker may impersonate you and steal or obtain sensitive information from those who have you as a trusted contact.

In fact, you can also enable two-step verification for WhatsApp to further secure your account from both cyber and real-life criminals.

By combining two or more security measures, you can better safeguard and secure your account in the rare event that your biometric lock fails.

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Joy Okumoko is a freelance technology writer who loves all things tech. She spends her spare time crocheting and working on her crafts.

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