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Serial WhatsApp leaker WABetaInfo has spotted the Facebook-owned company is experimenting with a fingerprint login system in the appâs latest beta build for Android (2.20.200). The feature works similarly to the QA code interface theÂ app currently uses to authenticate new desktop sessions.
That said, it sounds infinitely more convenient. As someone who uses WhatsApp Web quite often, I always find it annoying to pull out my phone, turn on my camera, and scan a QR code on my laptop. Signing in directly with a fingerprint still requires you to use your phone, but at least you no longer have to bother with scanning any codes.
Itâs also more secure, in case someone manages to get a hold of your phone (in which case, youâve got bigger fish to fry).
WhatsApp has been quietly working on a number of ways to make its app easier to access. Last year, the company was rumored to be crafting a way to use the Web app without your phone â a feature that still hasnât been implemented. More recently, thereâs been talk about a new feature that lets you use the same phone number across multiple phones.
As with any other feature spotted in WhatsApp beta builds, thereâs no telling when or if the functionality will make its way to the official app. Weâll keep an eye out for you, though.
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World news – CA – WhatsApp might soon let you log into its Web app with your fingerprint