Everyone loves to keep their phone to themselves. Why? Because, their phone house most of their private data.
In an event where they have no choice but to hand their smartphone to someone else temporarily, most people turn to third-party app lockers, so that they can password protect their apps that contains the most sensitive of their data.
Is there any app that contains highly sensitive information more than chat apps? Probably not. It is this reason that made Facebook to take it upon themselves to add a built-in feature into the Facebook Messenger app, so that their users will no longer have to rely on third-party apps before they can protect their chat.
Jay Sullivan, Director of Product Management, Messenger Privacy and Safety was the one who made the announcement of this new feature, on Wednesday, 22nd of July, 2020, via the Facebook official news site.
In the announcement post, Sullivan said: “App Lock lets you add another layer of security to your private messages and helps prevent other people from accessing them. This optional feature gives you the confidence to know that if a friend or family member needs to borrow your phone, they won’t be able to access your chats.”
Facebook Messenger App Lock is not for Everyone Yet
The sad thing about this exciting announcement is that, the app lock feature that has been built into Facebook Messenger app is only available to iOS users for now.
Android users have to wait few months more before it will be available to them.
However, the iOS user that wishes to start using this built-in app lock feature of Facebook Messenger, have to first, update their app to the latest version.
How the new Facebook Messenger App Lock Feature Works
This new app lock feature uses the touch or face ID already saved on the iOS device to unlock the Messenger app.
What this means is that, once you have activated the App Lock feature, you do not need to setup another fingerprint or face authentication. The touch or face ID that you have set up previously, which you use to unlock your iPhone or iPad is what you will also use to unlock the Facebook Messenger app.
More good news is, Facebook is not using this new feature as an excuse to save your touch or face ID in their server. They said and I quote: “your touch or face ID is not transmitted to or stored by Facebook.”
How to Activate the App Lock Feature
Here is a 5 seconds video guide from Facebook that shows you how to activate and deactivate the newly introduced App Lock feature of Facebook Messenger.
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