WhatsApp To Stop Working On These Smartphones As from Dec 31
WhatsApp has revealed that its service will soon stop working on millions of smartphones around the world as they reach the end of their supported lifespan.
This simply means that users on a variety of older handsets would no longer be able to use the messaging app beginning from a specific date. The Facebook-owned company has confirmed via its support page that it will stop supporting these devices on December 31, 2019.
It says that any phone running the Windows Mobile operating system will not be supported after this date. However, thatâ€™s not all.
Any iPhone running software older than iOS 7 will no longer be supported and neither will any Android device with version 2.3.7 installed.
The iOS and Android blocks wonâ€™t happen this month but will take place on February 1, 2020.
According to WhatsApp, anyone using these older phones can no longer create new accounts or re-verify existing accounts.
â€˜Because we no longer actively develop for these operating systems, some features might stop functioning at any time,â€™ the company said in a blog post announcing the cut-off dates.
WhatsApp regularly stops support for older devices, forcing users to upgrade their devices if they want to continue using the app.
This is more like a routine checkup for WhatsApp to stripe older devices off its glory. It would be recalled that Blackberry OS and BB10 have been off the WhatsApp radar since Dec 31, 2018. Same thing goes with the Nokia Symbian phones.
This was a tough decision for us to make, but the right one in order to give people better ways to keep in touch with friends, family, and loved ones using WhatsApp.
This is certainly an unpleasant news for those using any of these affected devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone to continue using WhatsApp.