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WhatsApp might soon bring passkey support to iOS

WhatsApp working on Passkey support for iOS. (Source : Viralyft on Unsplash)
WhatsApp working on Passkey support for iOS. (Source : Viralyft on Unsplash)
As discovered by software researcher @aaronp613, the latest WhatsApp Beta for iOS has revealed that the messaging app will soon be implementing Passkey support, leading to a more secure and refined user experience.

WhatsApp's iPhone app is gearing up to introduce a new feature - passkey support. This revelation, spotted by MacRumors, comes from software researcher @aaronp613, who discovered this functionality within the latest beta version of the extremely popular messaging app.

What makes passkeys significant is their robust security. Apple touts the superiority of passkeys over traditional passwords, as they are uniquely generated for each account by the user's own device. This unique generation aids in reducing vulnerability to phishing attempts. Moreover, passkeys work seamlessly across all devices linked to the same Apple ID, further streamlining the user experience.

With passkey support, users can gain access to their WhatsApp accounts using either Face ID, Touch ID, or their device's passcode. These passkeys will be securely stored in iCloud Keychain, ensuring smooth and secure access management.

It is not known at this point when Meta (which owns WhatsApp) plans to make this feature public. But when it does, for this feature to be accessible, iPhone users will need to ensure their devices are updated to at least iOS 16 or later. 


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Sambit Saha, 2023-10-30 (Update: 2023-10-31)