Soumya Prakash Pradhan

The messaging apps owned by Meta, including WhatsApp, continue to add numerous features.

WhatsApp is currently beta testing passkeys on iOS, offering iPhone users an alternative to the usual 6-digit OTP code for account verification.

Passkeys, a fresh form of authentication, utilise biometric or facial recognition instead of traditional passwords or codes.

This enhances security by protecting user details in an additional way. This new feature will soon be available for WhatsApp users on iOS.

Passkeys are gaining popularity across websites and apps as a secure login method. 

They act as digital credentials for each account, eliminating the need for a password or, in WhatsApp's case, an OTP.

This method is not only more convenient and faster but also enhances security.

To use passkeys on WhatsApp, ensure your app is updated to the latest version and follow these simple steps:

  1. Open WhatsApp on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on your profile picture in the top-right corner.
  3. Go to Settings and then click on Passkeys.
  4. Tap on Create Passkeys.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Once you have set up your passkey, you can log into your WhatsApp account on any device using Face ID, Touch ID, or your device passcode. No longer will you need a 6-digit code to verify your account.

This feature was introduced for Android users last year, and WhatsApp is now working on implementing it for iPhone users in a future update.

According to WABetaInfo, a new section in the app is being developed for users to configure their passkeys.

While this feature is undergoing beta testing, it may take some time to appear on your device.

However, once it is available, it will provide a more secure and user-friendly experience for iPhone users.