The company has announced that the purpose of adding extra security layer to the mobile app is to prevent the use of WhatsApp on the desktop incorrectly. Before linking WhatsApp account in WhatsApp web or desktop app, users will be asked to use Face ID or Fingerprint Unlock on their phone. As soon as Done is clicked, users will be able to access the QR code from their phone, which will complete the process of linking their WhatsApp account in desktop and computer.
The app states that it does not store biometric information and by design it cannot access those details from the phone’s operating system. WhatsApp says that the new security layer will be rolled out in the coming week. In the coming weeks, a visual redesign will also be offered on the WhatsApp web page on the phone.
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