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WhatsApp conversation screenshots will be blocked with this new feature

Written by Faisal Saeed ·  1 min read >

WhatsApp is testing a new security feature that will allow users to block conversation screenshots. In a new update for WhatsApp’s beta version 2.19.106, the messaging app has released two new features, a new Stickers, and Emojis tab and a fingerprint security lock feature.

The first very important security feature the app is testing is the ability to add fingerprint security. Filed under the Authentication head, WhatsApp will now let you lock your app with a fingerprint unlock function. But what’s new is that this new lock feature will allow users to block conversation screenshots in the app.

According to WABetaInfo, when the app is locked the users will be able to receive notifications and reply through their notification windows, but conversation screenshots would be blocked. The real downside of this feature is that it’s you who won’t be able to screenshot the conservation other users could take the screenshot of the app easily. It means you can either have a fingerprint lock security for your app or you can take the screenshot of your conversation.

It seems quite weird to have a security feature that instead of blocking other people to take screenshots, will block the user itself from doing so. But as the feature is in testing phase it is likely that WhatsApp will make updates in this regards.

The other exciting feature in the beta version is the new UI in the WhatsApp Doodle screen that now showcases Stickers and Emojis in different tabs. The stickers in this UI have been categorized by the type of stickers and emojis and also a new tab is added called “Favorites” where you can add your most used and favorite stickers by marking them.

Moreover, you now have the ability to search for the doodles in the app to help you decorate your pictures, GIFs, and videos with great ease.