A TIKTOK star has highlighted a genius way to make your Facebook Messenger chats more secure on iPhone.
In a recent post to her 525,000 followers, user @stuniiapp explained how to lock your private conversations behind a Face ID scan.
Face ID is Apple’s facial recognition system built into iOS that you can use to unlock your phone and other secure information.
By requiring Face ID when opening Messenger, you make it far less likely that someone other than yourself can read through your chars.
In her video, @stuniiapp hinted that the trick isn’t known by many people.
To lock down your chats, you’ll first need to open the Messenger app. Tap your profile picture icon in the top left of your display.
From here, tap Privacy > App lock. Tap Require Face ID so that the toggle turns green.
Now, whenever you go to open your Messenger app, your iPhone will require a Face ID scan before you can view your messages.
It means someone who’s got hold of your phone can’t start digging around in your chats without your knowledge.
Once activated, you can set how often the app requires a Face ID unlock. They range from every time you’ve left Messenger up to one hour after your last visit.
If you’d rather not scan your mug every time you open the app, you can lock it with a passcode instead.
The trick also works on Android provided you’re using a mobile that has some form of face recognition system.
It’s worth noting that you can still reply to messages from notifications and answer Messenger calls while Messenger is locked.
In comments beneath @stuniiapp’s video, users marvelled at the simple security trick.
One person replied: “This is a gooden tbf”.
Another commented: “You’re right, I didn’t know this!”
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