WhatsApp will not work on old phone models anymore. Here’s what you need to do now!
You need to update your phones now!
WhatsApp has stopped working on millions of smartphones from February 1st, 2020 onwards. Android and iPhone devices, which only support older operating systems, will no longer be able to run the WhatsApp.
According to a WhatsApp representative, the move was necessary to protect the security of its users. Smartphones having Android 2.3.7 and older, and iPhone with iOS 8 or earlier are affected by the latest update. Users will have to update their operating systems to continue using the messaging service.
According to stats, millions of users are affected by this move. Google’s distribution figures show that 0.3% of the world’s population – almost 2.5 billion users are still on Android Gingerbread or earlier. The data of iPhone users on iOS 8 or earlier is not available.
~ However, iPhone 4s, which only support iOS 7, will no longer be compatible with the app.
This is going to impact the long-tail of its users, particularly in growth markets, where there is a high proportion of older devices.
“This was a tough decision for us to make, but the right one to give people better ways to keep in touch with friends, family, and loved ones using WhatsApp,” said a spokesperson for the company.
~ The app is also not working on Windows, Android, and older iOS versions.
WhatsApp officially ended supporting all Windows phones on December 31, 2019. The messaging application also confirmed that all iPhones running iOS 7 and earlier versions will not support it either. Previously, WhatsApp discontinued service for Nokia Symbian S60, Blackberry OS, and BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40, among others.
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