WhatsApp is rolling out a new security feature for Android users that promises to enhance both convenience and protection. The passkey feature, which eliminates the need for traditional password logins, allows users to access their accounts securely using their device's facial recognition, fingerprint, or a PIN.

This move comes as WhatsApp continues to adapt to evolving security needs and follows a trend set by tech giants like Google and Apple. While the feature was initially tested in WhatsApp's beta version, it's now gradually being made available to all Android users. WhatsApp has yet to confirm when, or if, this feature will be extended to iOS users.

The Benefits of Passkeys:

  • Enhanced security: Passkeys add an extra layer of security by reducing the risk of password theft or compromise through phishing attacks.
  • Convenience: Users can log in with ease using their device's built-in authentication methods, such as Face ID on iPhones or fingerprint sensors on Android devices.
  • Multi-device compatibility: Passkeys work across multiple devices, offering convenience and flexibility.
Google Introduces Passwordless Sign-In as a Default Option
Google has been actively promoting passkeys, which align with the industry’s goal to reduce reliance on passwords. The company encourages users to adopt passkeys as their primary sign-in method, emphasizing their ease of use and enhanced security.

The passkey feature is expected to become available to Android users gradually over the coming weeks and months. It promises to offer a more secure and user-friendly way to access WhatsApp, ultimately reducing the reliance on traditional passwords.