WhatsApp to introduce face unlock feature on Android devices: Report

WhatsApp to introduce face unlock feature on Android devices: Report


Facebook-owned WhatsApp is gearing up to roll out face unlock security option for its Android app. The feature is already available on iPhones, however, is missing on Android. As per a report by WABetaInfo, WhatsApps has already submitted the update through Google Play beta program. WhatsApp for Android already has a fingerprint biometric security option.

While there is no official release date, you can expect face unlock to come to Android phones soon. Once it is rolled out you will get the option to use your Android phone’s face unlock to secure your WhatsApp chat. However, note that this is device centric. The moment you change your phone, you will have to turn on ‘face unlock’ on the new phone to use the feature. This security feature is similar to fingerprint biometric lock and should not be confused with WhatsApp pin.

Meanwhile, WhatsApp is now allowing users to mute contacts and groups forever. Earlier, you just had the option to mute somebody or a group for a maximum of up to year. Now, you can simply mute somebody or a group forever and forget.
You can check the mute notification settings and check out the mute notifications to “Always”. If you choose ‘Always’, you will not get disturbed by the WhatsApp chat. WhatsApp recently rolled out a new user interface for the storage section with new tools. The new storage section will help users see directly what content is occupying maximum storage as it will show them under large files section. Besides this, it will also have a section of forwarded files that help users see and segregate the unimportant files from the app’s storage.
WhatsApp already supports Face ID and Touch ID unlocking on iOS devices. The two WhatsApp features are currently under development and will be available in a future build.

The new WhatsApp feature is being rolled out to Android and iOS devices. In case you are not able to see the feature on your WhatsApp, we would recommend updating the app to its latest version.

WhatsApp is reportedly preparing to bring support for face unlock feature on Android devices. According to WABetainfo, a website that tracks WhatsApp in Beta, the feature will be very helpful specifically for Pixel 4 users as the device comes without a fingerprint sensor and only supports facial recognition.

Once the feature rolls out, the "fingerprint lock" settings will be renamed to the more general "biometric lock".

The settings are likely to be based on Android's BiometricPrompt API, which allows apps to use biometric unlock for authentication.

Face unlocking has already been on iOS for some time now, which makes sense given the iPhone X first introduced FaceID back in 2017.

Whatsapp is also bringing a feature like Skype and Zoom where one can join the ongoing calls even if you have missed. This means when a user is busy and can't join the video or voice call, they can join them later when the call is still ongoing.

Meanwhile, it was reported earlier that WhatsApp is also working on a new feature that will make it possible for users to directly report bugs and issues in the app.

According to WABetainfo, the feature can only be accessed and used by the beta testers and the messaging app is currently working on it and will make the feature public once the testing is over.

The new bugs report file feature would be available under the new Contact us page. There is a new text box under the ‘Contact Us' section where users can write about the problems they are facing on WhatsApp.

Users will also get an option of including device information while reporting issues with the app.

The user will get a reply from WhatsApp in a WhatsApp Support chat, which will allow him/her to communicate with the technician. Once the conversation is over, WhatsApp will automatically mark the chat as closed.

"In this section, the user will be able to add the report filling that text field, and he can choose to include device information if he is reporting issues. Device information like system details and logs can help WhatsApp to investigate, giving the best answer for you," Wabetainfo report stated.

WhatsApp has also enabled multiple features like 'Always Mute option', a new Storage Usage UI along with accompanying tools as well as new Media Guidelines to its Android beta user base.

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