The newly introduced privacy and security features for Messenger on iOS, add Face ID, and Touch ID authentication methods to access the app. So, let’s take a tour and find out how to enable the Messenger app lock to stop snooping pals from checking on your messages. It does not take more than a few seconds to activate it.
How to enable Facebook Messenger app lock for iOS
Like many other apps, the Facebook Messenger app is now equipped with settings that allow users to hide their messages from others. So, you can let a friend borrow your phone without worrying and that person will still not be able to access your Messenger chats. Find out how to enable Messenger App lock for iOS.
- Open the Facebook Messenger app for iOS.
- Click the Profile icon.
- Choose Privacy.
- Go to App lock.
- Enable Require Face ID.
The app has introduced 2 new privacy controls – Face ID and Touch ID authentication that help you maintain privacy. Here’s how to use them.
How do I enable Face ID on Messenger?
Require Face ID update for the Facebook Messenger app adds an extra layer of security to Messenger chats.
Open the 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.
Next, click on the Profile icon visible in the upper-left corner of your iPhone screen.
Choose the Privacy option, when seen.
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 Facebook Messenger lock icon.
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 lock is active. The feature is safe for use as your Face ID details are not passed on 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.
How to unlock Messenger Lock?
Open the Messenger app on your iPhone, tap your profile pic, and choose the Privacy > App Lock > Require Face ID option. Disable the toggle by sliding it to the Off position. This will unlock the Messenger lock. Moreover, you can change the settings at any time in your device’s settings.
Hope that makes sense!