A month after rolling out the picture-in-picture mode on its web interface, WhatsApp has now updated its feature for its users on iOS. Starting today, iPhones and iPads will have the ability to lock your WhatsApp texts through Touch ID and Face ID, thanks to WhatsApp’s newest update.
WhatsApp has released version 2.19.20 of its chat messaging app on iOS. As a means to improve security and prevent others from using your WhatsApp account on your phone, WhatsApp has added a screen lock to the app, allowing authentication of the platform through Face ID or Touch ID.
The new feature can be enabled by updating WhatsApp on your iOS device to version 2.19.20 through the App Store. This will add a new “Screen Lock” toggle on WhatsApp which can be accessed by heading over to Settings > Account > Privacy.
WhatsApp will allow users to view notifications from chats by choosing to display message previews and send a quick reply as well. However, the full-fledged app can only be accessed by passing the iOS authentication process.
Screen Lock on WhatsApp is only available for iOS users for now but it’s also very much anticipated to arrive on the Android side of things as well in the near future.
The last time WhatsApp was updated for Android users, it boasted of the Picture-in-picture mode which was rolled out across all devices running Google’s mobile OS. WhatsApp is also expected to enable ‘add contacts’ and ‘QR code’ features on its platform for easy contact sharing.