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Last week, we reported that Meta will be soon adding passkey support for WhatsApp users. As expected, Meta today announced the launch of passkey support for WhatsApp Android users. With this support, WhatsApp Android users can easily and securely log back into WhatsApp with passkeys. The passkeys can be face, fingerprint, or pin unlocks.
“Passkey verification will make logging back into WhatsApp easier and more secure. We’re excited to launch this on WhatsApp and give users an added layer of security,” says WhatsApp’s head of product, Alice Newton-Rex.
Passkeys are a new type of authentication that is phishing-resistant and easier to use than passwords. To use a passkey, users simply need to unlock their device with their fingerprint, face scan, or PIN.
They are also faster than passwords, with Google reporting that they are 40% faster than traditional password-based sign-ins.
YouTube, Search, and Maps are some of the apps that got their passkeys support first from Google earlier this year.
Android users can easily and securely log back in with passkeys ? only your face, finger print, or pin unlocks your WhatsApp account pic.twitter.com/In3OaWKqhy
— WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) October 16, 2023