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Every Android user should install this important WhatsApp update today

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WhatsApp has announced that fingerprint unlock functionality is rolling out to its Android apps.

The ubiquitous messaging service, which is now owned by Facebook, started offering the feature to iPhone, iPad, and iPod users earlier in the year.

Enabling biometric security for WhatsApp means you'll need to press a designated finger in order to open the app – even if you've already unlocked your phone or tablet.

This extra layer of protection means WhatsApp for Android now theoretically provides a similar level of security to the apps offered by many of the best online banks.

Set up fingerprint unlock on Android the easy way

Sure, it might stop short of the facial recognition technology now available to WhatsApp's iOS users – but it's still a good idea to enable this feature as soon as you can.

And it's really simple.

Just grab your device and navigate as follows: Settings > Account > Privacy > Fingerprint lock. 

You'll then be able to activate the new unlock feature – confirming the instruction by entering you fingerprint – and thereafter configure your automatic lock options from one minute to 30 minutes.

Calls can still be received when the unit is locked, but all your naughtiest cat memes will now be buffered by the additional security blanket.

If that's not enough, we can advise things like the best antivirus software, which are usually accompanied by a robust mobile companion app.

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A technology journalist with nearly 10 years of experience, James is the former News and Features Editor at Trusted Reviews, and has also served as regional Editor of Lifehacker. His articles have been spotted on sites ranging from The Sun to InStyle, but his true love is shiny things and the story behind them. An avid golfer in his spare time, you'll also regularly catch him hovering over the BBQ listening to Pearl Jam.