Whatsapp has silently announced that its messaging app will soon stop working on a bunch of iPhones and Android phones.
The Facebook-owned messaging service currently boasts 1.5billion users worldwide, but it will cut off millions from its platform in the next two years.
WhatsApp sneakily revealed the purge in an update to an old blog post titled “support for older operating systems”.
In it, the company says it will not support for the following systems on February 1, 2020:
Android Gingerbread versions 2.3.7 and older.
Users of those operating systems can no longer create new WhatsApp accounts, but will be able to use the app until the deadline.
What’s more, the app could stop functioning at any time, so maybe it’s time to buy a new phone.
Android Gingerbread launched in 2010 and still makes up for 0.3 percent of Android’s market share – which amounts to roughly six million devices.
Back in December, WhatsApp ended support for BlackBerry OS (including BlackBerry 10) and Windows Phone 8.0 and older.
The iPhone 3GS is one of the phones that no longer supports WhatsApp.
This is what the fill list of operating systems that are no longer supported by the app now looks like:
- Android versions older than 2.3.3
- Windows Phone 8.0 and older
- iPhone 3GS/iOS 6
- Nokia Symbian S60
- BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10
If you use these older versions, WhatsApp recommends updating to the one of the following operating systems:
- Android running OS 4.0+
- iPhone running iOS 8+
- Windows Phone 8.1+
“Once you have one of these devices, simply install WhatsApp and verify your phone number on the new device. Keep in mind that WhatsApp can only be activated with one phone number on one device at a time,” says WhatsApp.
“There’s currently no option to transfer your chat history between platforms. However, we provide the option to send your chat history attached to an email.”