After starting to roll out on Android a few months ago, Passkeys are finally coming to iOS. They are currently still in testing and allow you to reconnect to WhatsApp without the six-digit validation code.
Reconnecting your WhatsApp account on an iPhone will soon be a lot easier. The instant messaging application is actually testing support for passkeys. Passkeys, also called access keys, allow users to more easily (and quickly) authenticate to their WhatsApp account when they reconnect to it. The feature, which was already used on Android a few months ago, is being tested in the latest WhatsApp beta on iOS.
Also read: On Android, WhatsApp lets you connect without a password
An access key that replaces the six-digit code
WABetaInfo, which reports the information, says the functionality is included in version 184.108.40.206 of WhatsApp Beta, available in TestFlight for iPhone owners. With this new module, WhatsApp wants to increase the security of users but also simplify the process of reconnecting to their account. In order to connect to a WhatsApp account, you previously had to enter a six-digit authentication code via SMS. With passkeys this code disappears. Users who have chosen this authentication method simply need to use the facial recognition module or fingerprint reader or enter their iPhone's unlock code to confirm reconnection to their WhatsApp account.
Please note, however, that the introduction of access keys in WhatsApp is not mandatory. The application allows you to configure if you want while giving you the option to keep the traditional authentication method. Likewise, the installation of the access key is not final. It is entirely possible to disable it and return to the classic authentication method if you wish.
Support for passkeys in WhatsApp is under development on iOS and is expected to be available in a future app update in the next few weeks or months.
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