WhatsApp to roll out passkey feature for account verification soon

The passkey feature will introduce an additional layer of security for users
An undated image of a WhatsApp logo displayed on a mobile screen. — Pixabay
An undated image of a WhatsApp logo displayed on a mobile screen. — Pixabay

Meta-owned instant messaging app, WhatsApp, is working on new passkey features — which have already been released for beta testers via the TestFlight beta programme.

WhatsApp news tracker WABetaInfo reported the development of a Passkey feature that aims to assist users in verifying their accounts during login issues. This feature is designed to provide users with an enhanced and secure experience by implementing innovative solutions that prioritise both security and convenience.

With the latest WhatsApp beta for iOS update, available on the TestFlight app, it has been revealed that WhatsApp is progressing towards implementing this feature in the iOS app also.

The Meta-owned platform is in the process of developing a new section allowing users to configure their passkey in the future. This passkey configuration is expected to streamline the login process, eliminating the need for the usual six-digit code to access an account. After passkey configuration, users will be able to log in using their existing authentication methods, such as Face ID, Touch ID, or the device passcode.

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The passkey feature introduces an additional layer of security and convenience to user accounts by eliminating the requirement for a six-digit code every time they access their accounts. It also aligns with modern authentication methods, enhancing the user-friendly and intuitive nature of the login process. Notably, this feature will be optional, providing users with the flexibility to enable or disable it on their own will.

If users opt to configure a passkey for convenience, they can easily disable the feature at any time through the app settings. Moreover, in situations where users need to log into WhatsApp on a different device without the passkey, they can still request and use the traditional six-digit code for authentication. This ensures that users have control over their security preferences and can adjust the login method based on their specific needs.

The passkey feature for account verification is currently in development and is expected to be included in a future app update.