How To Enable WhatsApp Fingerprint Lock Step By Step Guide

WhatsApp has launched the option to enable the fingerprint authentication for Android users, with this new WhatsApp feature, a user can enable WhatsApp fingerprint to unlock the app from the fingerprint sensor. The extra layer of security has been added just like WhatsApp Two-Step Verification.

Pro Tip: You can also read our step by step guide on How To Send WhatsApp Message To Yourself and How To Restore WhatsApp Chat History

How To Activate Fingerprint Lock-In WhatsApp

To provide the extra layer of security WhatsApp has released the fingerprint lock for its android smartphone users. The feature is available in the latest version of WhatsApp which is 2.19.308, only you need to update your app from the play store to get this WhatsApp feature to lock the WhatsApp. WhatsApp allows their android smartphone users to secure their chats with biometric security.
You can also see this video to activate the fingerprint lock on your WhatsApp if you are someone who doesn’t want to read it is best for you.

Step By Step Guide To Enable Fingerprint Lock In WhatsApp

If you want to add an extra layer of security to your WhatsApp then just update your WhatsApp and follow our step by step guide activate fingerprint lock in WhatsApp.
Step 1: First of all launch your WhatsApp and tap on three dots located at the top right corner of your screen.

WhatsApp Menu

Tap On Three Dots

Step 2: After this, you can see there are various options you need to tap on settings.

WhatsApp Settings

Tap On Settings

Step 3: At this step, you need to tap on the account to activate the fingerprint lock in WhatsApp.

WhatsApp Account Section

Tap On Account

Step 4: Now go to the privacy sections to explore the fingerprint sections.

WhatsApp Privacy

Tap On Privacy

Step 5: Scroll down to the bottom to see the option named Fingerprint Lock which is disabled mode click on it.

WhatsApp Fingerprint Lock

Tap On Fingerprint Lock

Step 6: At this step, you can see the toggle option from which we can enable the WhatsApp fingerprint lock in our android device. Switch on the toggle Unlock With Fingerprint to activate the WhatsApp fingerprint.

Enable WhatsApp Fingerprint Lock

Enable WhatsApp Fingerprint Lock

Step 7: After this, you need to confirm your fingerprint by tapping on the fingerprint sensor on your device.

WhatsApp Fingerprint

Touch Your Fingerprint Sensor

Step 8: Once you are done with the fingerprint sensor, you have successfully activated the fingerprint in WhatsApp.

It has also provided the time duration to be customized according to the requirement. You can select any of the three given below.

  1. Immediately.
  2. After 1 minute.
  3. After 30 minutes.
Time Interval To Lock WhatsApp

Time Interval To Lock WhatsApp

Your all chats & notification can be locked by using the same fingerprint which you are using for your screen lock.
However, you can directly go to Setting>Account>Privacy>Fingerprint Lock
Next time when you open your WhatsApp you can see your WhatsApp is locked. To unlock it you need to touch your fingerprint sensor.

WhatsApp Fingerprint Enabled

WhatsApp Locked

WhatsApp Unlocked With Fingerprint

WhatsApp Unlocked With Fingerprint

You have successfully activated the fingerprint lock in your WhatsApp.

Earlier this feature is available only for iOS users as biometric security and now all the users of android can use it to secure their WhatsApp chats. Android users can use only fingerprint recognition but iOS users are already availing this feature with both touch id and face id from the beginning of the year.


Before this update, the users are using any third-party app to lock WhatsApp, which will not be good due to privacy reasons. But WhatsApp is playing major roles in our day to day life so WhatsApp rolls out the fingerprint security lock feature to keep our chats privately also no one able to perceive with the eyes.

Get rid of third party apps to protect your WhatsApp in android. As iOS users get this feature before the android. It’s a great move from WhatsApp to provide this feature.

The same method used to disable the fingerprint lock in WhatsApp. Just follow the above-described steps to Step -5. Simply toggle off the fingerprint setting to deactivate the WhatsApp fingerprint lock.

Setting>Account>Privacy>Fingerprint Lock

Benefits Of WhatsApp Fingerprint Lock

A smartphone is very remote and accessible to every person across the globe so it is something that can be exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed and bypass any security flaw.

  1. It will enhance the security of your WhatsApp.
  2. Ensure the security and privacy of your chats.
  3. Secure because the lock setting is inside the WhatsApp(No need of third party app).
  4. One of the quickest methods for authentication.
  5. Fingerprint locks are the best choice against interfering eyes.
  6. Very good for peoples with bad memories.
  7. A fingerprint scanner is best for privacy because everyone has a unique finger and unique print on them
  8. No need to move to the iOS only for fingerprint feature, now available with android too.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

How do I enable fingerprint lock on WhatsApp?

WhatsApp has rolled out the fingerprint lock in its recent update, only you need to update your WhatsApp from play store to use this great feature. This will add an extra layer of security to your WhatsApp which secures your chats. In android, you can use only fingerprint sensors while in iOS you can use both fingerprint and face id to unlock your WhatsApp.
Step 1: Open WhatsApp and tap on three dots.
Step 2: Go to Setting>Account>Privacy>Fingerprint Lock.
Step 3: Turn on the Fingerprint Lock to enable the lock on your WhatsApp.
Step 4: Touch your fingerprint sensor when prompted to verify the fingerprint.
Step 5: Select the automatic lock time interval from Immediately, After 1 minute, After 30 minutes.

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The person will not able to send the message. If He or She will try to send the message the message will send but we did not receive that message.
He or She not able to see our Profile Picture(DP).
He or She not able to see our Last Seen.
He or She not able to call us on WhatsApp.
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He or She not able to see our WhatsApp Status.
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