WhatsApp is rolling out a new security feature for its iOS app. On Wednesday, the instant messaging platform announced that it is rolling out passcode support for iPhone users in the latest version of its app. The Meta-owned platform first started working on this feature in January 2024, when a password-related menu appeared for beta users. After about three months, it is now shipping to iOS users worldwide. It should be noted that the passwordless login feature is already present in the WhatsApp Android app.

Execute the message in a post on X (formerly known as Twitter), WhatsApp emphasized that users will now be able to log into their accounts using Face ID, Touch ID, and a password. While the company did not mention the supported iOS versions, an earlier report found that the feature is supported on iOS 17 and later. This means that users with an iPhone XR model or later will be able to set a password for their account.

The passkey is an alternative login authentication method that offers better security than traditional methods such as SMS codes. Designed by the FIDO Alliance and supported by tech giants like Apple, Google and Microsoft, this technology uses public key cryptography. This creates two sets of keys, one of which is stored in the platform’s cloud and the other of which remains with the user. For iOS users, the User Key will likely be stored in Apple’s Keychain system, which can be triggered using Face ID or Touch ID. The account is authenticated when the two keys match. This system is more effective against phishing and similar scams.

How to set WhatsApp password

Setting a password for WhatsApp on iOS is quite easy. Users should first ensure that they are running the latest version of the app. If not, update the app first. Then just follow these steps.

Password feature in WhatsApp for iOS

  1. Open the WhatsApp app.
  2. Touch Settings tab in the lower right corner of the screen.
  3. Go to Accounts.
  4. Press Access keys. This is the fourth option from the top.
  5. On the next screen, click Create an access key button at the bottom.
  6. You will be prompted to continue with Face ID or Touch ID. Press continued.
  7. That’s it. Your access key is now active.

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