How to Lock Facebook Messenger Behind Face ID and Touch ID
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(Pocket-lint) – Do you want to make sure that no one is looking at your chats on Facebook Messenger when you are away from your iPhone, iPad or Android device?
Fortunately, Facebook allows you to activate an additional layer of security. The app itself can be locked when you close it, requiring you to use Face ID, Touch ID, or biometric authentication to reopen it.
Here’s everything you need to know about this privacy feature, including how to activate it on your mobile device.
How to lock the Facebook Messenger app on your device
Have you ever been in a situation where you unlocked your phone and let a friend or family member borrow it, and immediately regretted that decision, fearing that the person could access your chats on Facebook Messenger?
Don’t worry, Facebook has a feature called App Lock for iPhone, iPad, and some Android users. Keep in mind that you need to set up a face or fingerprint ID and password on your mobile device before the app lock can work – see the Apple support page for help if you are using an iPhone or iPad .
Once you have configured one or the other authentication method, you can immediately activate it for use in the Facebook Messenger application. To activate or deactivate the app lock for Messenger:
- Open the latest version of the Facebook Messenger app.
- Tap your profile picture at the top left.
- Tap Privacy> App lock.
- Tap Require Face ID or Require Touch ID / Unlock with biometrics to turn on and off.
- Select when to lock Messenger after exiting the app.
When you want to reply to messages or calls from Messenger, tap the notification and App Lock will ask for your fingerprint or Face ID. You can still see Messenger’s message notifications and calls when it’s locked, although you can turn off previews for Messenger.
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You can also configure your device to allow you to respond to locked notifications without providing an identifier.
Is App Lock coming to Facebook Messenger for Android?
App Lock is supposed to be available on Android devices running Android 9 and Android 10. We don’t have the option on our devices strangely, but if you do, you can access it by following the steps detailed above.
Written by Maggie Tillman. Edited by Britta O’Boyle. Originally published on .