Facebook-owned instant messaging service WhatsApp has been constantly working to improve the platform. Recently the company tweaked “Delete for Everyone” feature with new rules. We also came across an upcoming feature that will help you enjoy your vacation in peace. Now, seems like WhatsApp is looking to add an extra layer of protection to make your chats more secure on iOS.
As spotted by WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is working on adding support for Touch ID and Face ID for iPhones. The option for the same will be available under Privacy Settings. If you own an iPhone X or above, you will see an option called Face ID. It will be available for the iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR. However, if you have an older iPhone, you will see an option called Touch ID. The feature will be supported on iOS 8 and above.
When Face ID or Touch ID is enabled, every time you open WhatsApp, it will ask you to authenticate using your fingerprint or face. In case of failed attempt where the phone fails to detect your face or fingerprint, it will prompt you to enter your 6-digit iPhone passcode.
As of now, the feature is in alpha stage, and there is no word on when the feature will eventually roll out. However, it is good to know that WhatsApp is working on making the chats more secure. While we would hope to see a similar feature on Android app too, currently there isn’t any sign of the same happening.
Talking about upcoming features, Vacation Mode, Silent Mode and Linked Account options were spotted in the previous build of WhatsApp. The Vacation Mode, when turned on, will mute all chats and archive them when a new message arrives. Similarly, Silent Mode will ensure that the app icon does not show notification badge when new messages arrive. Lastly, Linked Account feature will allow users to link their Instagram and Facebook accounts with WhatsApp, which can later be used for password recovery process, if and when required.