WhatsApp Web: Solving doubts about face unlocking

As it was announced that WhatsApp would apply biometric unlocking to WhatsApp Web, doubts arose, here we clarify some.

In early January 2021, WhatsApp reported several changes, including the fact that it would increase the security of its WhatsApp Web extension to provide users with more resources to keep their chats safe.

Although we announced this new change in a timely manner in Somagnews, we have noticed that many people still have doubts about the update and security system.

If the option is available on your mobile phone and you have completed the biometric identity verification, you can configure and use WhatsApp web regularly. From WhatsApp you can make sure that the authentication is performed by the operating system of the user’s device, which tells the application whether the verification has been completed.

One of the main doubts we’ve noted is whether WhatsApp Web will take fingerprints and facials. Don’t worry, the courier company cannot access your face or fingerprint. This authentication process will only take place if you have configured the feature on your device, which means that you consent to the processing of your biometric data.

Which devices are supported?

The compatible devices are: Apple with iOS 14, on iPhone 5S models and above with Touch ID or Face ID, and for Android, with any mobile that has biometric authentication: facial, fingerprint or iris unlock.

It is also likely that this new function will take a few days to reach all smartphones and it is in any case advisable to check the App store or Play Store to see if you have the latest version installed.

Connect and log in biometrically to WhatsApp Web

To start using WhatsApp Web, go to the webpage or Desktop app, first open WhatsApp on your phone. If it is Android, touch the more options icon (the three dots), on iPhone go to “Settings”; Now touch “WhatsApp Web or WhatsApp Web / Desktop”.

On Android: Tap pair device. If biometric authentication is possible, follow the on-screen instructions. iPhone: Tap Pair a device> OK. In iOS 14 and later, use Touch ID or Face ID to unlock the phone.

On the QR code screen on the computer, check the box next to “Stay signed in” to keep you signed in to that device.

Also, use your phone to scan the QR code displayed on the computer and tap or select ‘Done’ when prompted.

To log out: You can log out of WhatsApp Web or WhatsApp Desktop from your phone or computer. If you want to do it on the PC, open WhatsApp Web or WhatsApp Desktop, click the menu icon above the chats list and click “Close Session”.

To shut down the phone, open the app here. If you have Android, touch the more options icon and choose “WhatsApp Web”; On the iPhone, go to “Settings”, press “WhatsApp Web / Desktop”, select a device and tap “Close Session”.

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