Facebook Messenger introduces a new privacy feature that allows lock and unlock chats with Face ID


Facebook Messenger adds a new privacy feature that allows users to lock and unlock chats using the Face ID

The social media giant Facebook has now introduced a new feature that adds an extra layer of privacy for the user’s messenger chats. With this new privacy feature, users would be able to lock and unlock their messenger chats with the help of the Face ID.

As reported by The Verge, The feature is now available for Apple iPhone and iPad. The users can lock the messenger app itself, which requires Face ID or Touch ID authentication set by the user to open it back. The new Facebook Messenger App Lock means you can hand off your iPhone or iPad to someone else with less concern about others looking through your messages.

Well, here is something that you have to worry about, Facebook Messenger still let’s you reply to messages from notifications and answer calls while Messenger is locked. So if someone is looking at your device and a new Facebook Messenger message comes through, they could read and respond to it.

How to enable the Face ID/ Touch ID on Facebook Messenger?

  1. Open Facebook Messenger, and tap your profile icon in the top left corner
  2. Select Privacy
  3. Tap on App Lock
  4. Select Face ID/Touch ID
  5. Tap on OK. Done!!!

Facebook also told The Verge about a few new privacy features arriving for Messenger in upcoming tests:

Facebook also mentioned some additional features that it plans to begin testing soon. It’s going to start offering users more control over who can message them (the company didn’t offer much detail on how this will work), and it’s going to start blurring photos from people who message you without your approval so that you don’t have to open a potentially troubling image just to view a new message and know if you want to chat with someone. A similar feature is already available on Instagram and WhatsApp. Facebook didn’t say when this would start arriving in Messenger.

The feature has not yet released for Android users, Facebook said that it will be soon available on Android too. For more news on tech and cybersecurity stay tuned on Android Rookies by subscribing to our newsletter from here.


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