How to Lock WhatsApp on iPhone or Android

Written by Thirumalraj

You’ll see the steps to lock WhatsApp on Android and iPhone in this post.

I use Google Pixel 4a (Android 12), fingerprint enabled, and iPhone X, Face ID enabled.

Lock WhatsApp App

If you’re using Android, follow these steps:

Open the WhatsApp Messenger app and select the three vertical dots at the top right.

Select Settings > Account > Privacy.

At the bottom, you can see the Fingerprint lock. Hit it.

Enable “Unlock with fingerprint.” You need to confirm your fingerprint now.

You can now see these options in the Automatically lock section: Immediately, After 1 minute, and After 30 minutes.

Please choose one of them depending on when you want WhatsApp to ask for your fingerprint while reopening the app.

“Show content in notifications” is enabled by default. This one will let you preview the sender’s name and message in the notification. Turn it off if you wish.

To disable it, turn off the “Unlock with fingerprint” you have seen in the above steps, and that’s all.

If you’re using an iPhone, follow these steps:

  1. Launch the WhatsApp app and hit Settings at the bottom.
  2. Select Account > Privacy.
  3. You can see the “Screen Lock” beneath the “Read Receipts” at the bottom. Hit it.
  4. Enable “Require Face ID.”
  5. You can now see these four options: Immediately, After 1 minute, After 15 minutes, and After 1 hour.
  6. Please choose one of them depending on when you want WhatsApp to ask for your Face ID while reopening the app.

That’s it.

Remember that even if WhatsApp is locked, you can answer WhatsApp calls and reply to a message from the notification.

To disable the screen lock, turn off the “Require Face ID,” and that’s all.

Thanks for reading.

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