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WhatsApp Launches Access Keys Login in Android Version

Access keys login on WhatsApp is now available for all users of the stable version of the Android application. For those who don’t know, this measure aims to replace two-factor authentication via SMS and was already being tested for those participating in the messenger’s beta program.

The news was revealed by the app’s official profile on X (formerly Twitter), allowing people to access it without the need for a password, considered a more secure alternative. Additionally, it can be done using biometrics, facial recognition, security PIN, or a previously chosen screen lock method.

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Even though this new security feature has been launched, those who use the current method to authenticate their account on another device can continue to do so. In other words, the familiar process of entering the code sent by WhatsApp via SMS to activate the device remains.

The so-called access keys, then, come to replace this old method. Therefore, those who have changed their phone can use this alternative by providing their phone number in order to authenticate the new model.

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For now, this feature is not yet available for iOS devices, and it is not known when it will be. Likewise, not all Android users have received it at the same time. Thus, it is expected that the distribution of this security feature will be done gradually.

In other words, those who have updated their app on the Google operating system and have not yet received the option for access keys login should wait a bit longer. Finally, check out the message search option that is being tested on the web version and the new feature aimed at enhancing call privacy.

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