Passkey technology: WhatsApp for iPhone will get new feature

January 30, 2024  18:09

Last year, the administration of the WhatsApp messenger announced the launch of support for the access key (Passkey technology) as a more secure authentication method compared to passwords, but until now the function was only available on Android. Now the Passkey technology will also have the version of WhatsApp for iPhone.

The latest beta version of WhatsApp for iPhone includes a new menu for configuring Passkey, WABetaInfo reports. The function is not yet enabled, but it will work in the near future, the source is sure.

Passkey technology is developed by the FIDO Alliance with support from major technology companies including Apple, Google and Microsoft. Instead of traditional passwords, it allows login using biometrics.

The Passkey feature in Safari and iCloud Keychain appeared in Apple iOS 16, and with iOS 17, the technology extends to third-party apps. On Apple devices, passwords work with Face ID or Touch ID.

Recently, it became known that the Apple iOS application enables access to the X social network through Passkey technology. The new feature, however, is currently only available in the US.

In November, WhatsApp got the email authentication feature instead of the traditional SMS. The platform administration is also preparing the possibility of exchanging user names instead of phone numbers. The iPad version of the application is being developed.

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