Just yesterday, WhatsApp has extended its support for the latest iPhones, and in the coming days, iOS users will get a much-requested feature. Since the day Apple added TouchID to iPhones, WhatsApp users have been requesting a feature which allows them to secure their app with TouchID. And finally, WhatsApp has started its work on the requested feature as the references were found in the latest update. WABetaInfo states that WhatsApp users on iOS will soon be able to unlock their WhatsApp app using their TouchID (on the older iPhones) and Face ID (in latest iPhones). But do make a note that the feature is still in super Alpha stage of development, but most likely, WhatsApp will develop it owing to high demand from users.
WhatsApp to Get Face ID/TouchID Support: Here’s How it Works
If you did not get what I said above, here’s another explanation. In Android, users have the freedom to download any third-party application to secure their apps (example: WhatsApp) and some OEMs such as Xiaomi, Honor includes it as an in-built feature, knowing the importance. However, that’s not the case with Apple as the Cupertino giant doesn’t allow users to secure their apps using any third-party mechanisms, meaning app developers have to add the feature into their application.
That’s what WhatsApp is going to do. WhatsApp for iOS will gain a new feature in the future which will allow them to secure the app with either TouchID or Face ID. For older iPhones with TouchID such as iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 5S will be able to secure their app using TouchID, while the latest iPhone X, iPhone XS and XS Max users will be able to open the app using Face ID.
WhatsApp Users Have Been Requesting This Feature for Ages
As mentioned above, WhatsApp users on iOS have been requesting this security feature for a long time. But finally, WhatsApp has started its work on this feature, but again, do make a note that it’ still under development and will be available to the public at a later date, of which, the date is unknown. Once rolled out, users can enable this feature by heading over to Privacy section inside the WhatsApp settings menu and enabling the ‘Require Touch ID’ or ‘Require Face ID’ function.
Once enabled, WhatsApp will ask users to authenticate using TouchID everytime they open the app.
WhatsApp for ioS Will Also Get Dark Mode
Besides this new security layer, WhatsApp for iOS will also receive Dark Mode functionality in the future. The Facebook-owned company has started its work on the much-awaited Dark mode and here’s our first look of the same.
As you can see in the image, Dark Mode in WhatsApp might have two colours- Dark Gray and Dark Green. The incoming messages will have Dark Gray bubbles, while the outgoing messages will have Dark Green bubbles. Also, when enabled, the keyboard will also turn Dark while typing giving a full look of Dark Mode.