WhatsApp Rolls Out Passkeys for Enhanced Account Security

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WhatsApp Passkeys
Passkeys eliminate SMS-based two-factor authentication and allow users to log in using face, fingerprint, or PIN. The feature is currently available for Android users, with no information on when it will be rolled out for iOS. Passkeys are stored securely in Google Password Manager, and users can set it up within the Settings section of the app.

After testing the Passkeys in beta for a couple of months, WhatsApp has finally started rolling it out to all users across the globe. The update is now rolling out and it will be available to all users in the coming weeks.

The Meta-owned platform announced the rollout of Passkeys for everyone via its official account via a post on X (formerly Twitter). It is important to note that Passkeys are currently rolling out on Android. However, there’s no information on when Passkeys will be rolled out for the iOS version of the app.
What is WhatsApp Passkeys

Passkeys are basically a new more secure way for users to log into their WhatsApp account. It’s Meta’s passwordless approach for WhatsApp that’s aimed at eliminating the rather annoying SMS-based two-factor authentication that the platform used to offer. The new security option lets users log into their account via face, fingerprint or PIN making things more secure.

It is worth mentioning that the implementation of Passkeys does not overlap the existing Chat Lock feature or users’ chosen screen lock method like an on-device fingerprint, face unlock, PIN or swipe pattern for authentication.
Also, the Passkeys contain an unique cryptographic key which automatically gets stored into the Google Password Manager securely so that users don’t have to remember them.
How to access Passkeys on WhatsApp

Once the feature is available for your WhatsApp account, you’ll see a new Passkeys option within the Settings section of the app. Here are the steps you need to follow to set it up and start using.

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  • Download and update your WhatsApp app
  • You’ll also need Google Password Manager app for this, so download and set it u
  • Now, open WhatsApp and then head to Settings
  • Look for Passkeys option and tap on it
  • Click on Create a Passkey button
  • Then, you’ll be greeted with a new popup window with details about Passkeys and Continue button, tap on it
  • Next, tap on Continue button a Create Passkey for WhatsApp popup window

That’s it! The passkey is now active for your account.

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