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How to lock WhatsApp on iPhone with Face ID or Passcode?

by Ahsan MuGhaL
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How to lock WhatsApp on iPhone with Face ID or Passcode

How to lock WhatsApp on iPhone with Face ID or Passcode? This explains how to lock WhatsApp on your iPhone so that, even when your phone is unlocked, only your face, fingerprint, or passcode can be used to view your conversations.

Apple’s Face ID and Touch ID have numerous applications, ranging from unlocking your iPhone 15 to authorising an Apple Pay payment. A handful of apps, even when your smartphone is already unlocked, seek Face ID or Touch ID authentication to give access. Banking apps, and retail apps like Klarna, and WhatsApp can all be included in this list.

How to lock WhatsApp on iPhone with Face ID?

Follow these steps to lock WhatsApp on your iPhone 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, X or older models so that your face, fingerprint, or passcode are required to view your WhatsApp chats even if your iPhone is already unlocked:

  1. Launch WhatsApp.
  2. In the bottom right corner of the screen, select the Settings tab.
  3. Select Privacy.
  4. Select Screen Lock.
  5. Toggle Face ID is required / Touch ID is required on
  6. Choose how long Face ID or Touch ID will be required.
Lock WhatsApp with Face ID

When Screen Lock is on, you can still reply to notifications and answer calls, but WhatsApp chats cannot be accessed without the registered face or fingerprint.

If Face ID or Touch ID does not work, a white screen with the words “WhatsApp Locked” will appear. To open WhatsApp, use FaceID/Touch ID.” After a few failed attempts, you’ll be allowed to use a passcode instead. If the failed attempts option does not appear, you can use the procedures below to circumvent Face ID or Touch ID.

Is it possible to lock WhatsApp with a password?

The short answer is that you cannot use a password to lock WhatsApp. While it is possible to lock it with Face ID and Touch ID, as previously indicated, there is no option to establish a password to lock WhatsApp.

If Face ID and Touch ID are enabled and fail, for example, because your finger is wet for Touch ID or you are wearing sunglasses for Face ID, your iPhone will prompt you for your passcode. It is also not possible to create a separate passcode for WhatsApp.

How to Unlock WhatsApp without Face ID or Touch ID?

It is possible to access WhatsApp chats secured by Face ID or Touch ID, but only if you have the iPhone’s passcode. We won’t question why you need to do this; we’ll simply tell you how.

Unlock WhatsApp without Face ID

These steps will allow you to bypass WhatsApp’s Face ID or Touch ID locking functionality:

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Scroll down until you see ‘Face ID & Passcode’ or ‘Touch ID & Passcode.’
  3. Enter the passcode for your iPhone.
  4. Under the ‘Use Face ID/Touch ID For’ box, select ‘Other Apps’.
  5. Turn WhatsApp off.
  6. Relaunch WhatsApp.
  7. Enter the passcode for your iPhone.

It’s not an official technique per such, but rather a defect in the feature. It merely disables WhatsApp’s authorization to use Face ID or Touch ID, but it should still work and allow you to access WhatsApp chats with the passcode.

Also Read: How to Fix Face ID Problem on iPhone 13 Pro Max?

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