The Facebook messaging app has been smoothly updated to version 2.19.20 over the weekend and, as noted in the update; WhatsApp now includes support for Apple’s Face ID and Touch ID.

To activate the new feature, you must go to the settings inside the app, then hit “account, “>” privacy “and “screen lock”.

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There, you can choose to activate Face ID or Touch ID, although the option available depends on your iPhone model— Touch ID is available on iPhone 5S via iPhone 8/8 Plus. Face ID replaced the iPhone X Touch ID.

WhatsApp is now Facebook’s most popular mobile app, according to recent App Annie data, and with data privacy seldom in the headlines; it is clear that Facebook wants to place itself as a privacy and security oriented company, despite recent controversies.

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Allowing users to lock WhatsApp behind a biometric authentication system could certainly help this broader mission, and the company seems to be preparing something similar for its Android app, as shown by a recent beta build.

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