SAN FRANCISCO: Micro-blogging platform WhatsApp will now have fingerprint lock on supported Android phones to ensure privacy of chats. Users who install the new version of WhatsApp will have to scan a fingerprint to open up the Facebook-owned platform.

"Earlier this year, we rolled out Touch ID and Face ID for iPhone to provide an extra layer of security for WhatsApp users," the micro-blogging platform said in a statement.

"Today we're introducing similar authentication, allowing you to unlock the app with your fingerprint, on supported Android phones," it added.

To enable it, follow these steps:

  • Go to settings
  • Go to Account
  • Privacy- Fingerprint lock
  • Turn on Unlock with fingerprint, and confirm your fingerprint