Switch to Facebook Messenger app lock for iPhone

July 22, 2020

Like many other apps, the Facebook Messenger app is now equipped with settings that allow users to hide their messages from others. The app has introduced 2 new privacy controls - Face ID and Touch ID authentication that help you maintain privacy. Take a tour to see how to enable the Messenger app lock to stop snooping pals from checking on your messages.

Messenger App Lock

How to enable Facebook Messenger app lock for iOS

The newly introduced privacy and security features for Messenger on iOS, add Face ID, and Touch ID authentication for the app to be opened. So, you can let a friend borrow your phone without worrying and that person still wouldn’t be able to access your Messenger chats. Find how to enable Messenger App lock for iOS.

  1. Open Facebook Messenger app for iOS.
  2. Click the Profile icon.
  3. Choose Privacy.
  4. Go to App lock.
  5. Enable Require Face ID.

Require Face ID update for Facebook Messenger app adds an extra layer of security to Messenger chats.

How do I enable Face ID on Messenger?

Open Facebook Messenger app for iOS. Make sure you are using the latest version of the app. If you are not running the latest version, download and install it first.

Messenger Profile
Messenger Profile

Next, click on the Profile icon visible in the upper-left corner of your iPhone screen.

Messenger Privacy Settings
Messenger Privacy Settings

Choose the Privacy option, when seen.

Facebook App Lock
Facebook App Lock

Next, scroll down to locate the ‘App Lock’ option. Click it.

When the new screen appears, simply toggle the switch for ‘Require Face ID’ to ‘On’ position to enable the setting.

Require Face ID Option
Require Face ID Option

This privacy control will configure the Messenger app to use Face ID to unlock the app. You can still reply to messages from notifications and answer calls while the messenger is locked. The feature is safe for use as your Face ID will not be transmitted to or stored by Facebook.

Facebook, Inc. notes that the feature is similar to that offered by Instagram, which runs some more fine-grained controls for messaging.

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