WhatsApp Messenger is a freeware, cross-platform messaging and Voice over IP (VoIP) service owned by Facebook, Inc. It allows users to send text messages and voice messages, makes voice and video calls, and share images, documents, user locations, and other media. It is currently one of the most popular instant messaging services across the globe.
Its USP over the years has been its support for a wide range of devices. However, the company is known for dropping support for older generation devices every year for enhanced security
Back in 2016, the company dropped support for BlackBerry and Nokia phones. In 2017, the company stopped supporting some Android, Windows and iOS devices.
As updated on the FAQ section of the instant messaging platform, there are several Android and iOS phones that may not be able to run the app as the company will withdraw support for some older mobile platforms from 1 February 2020.
The users on Windows Phones will be locked out forever after December 31, said Facebook.
“WhatsApp will stop working on millions of phones in the next couple of months as the company withdraws support for some older mobile platforms.
“From February 1, 2020, any iPhone running iOS 8 or older will no longer be supported, along with any Android device running version 2.3.7 or older,” Facebook added.
In case you have an Apple iPhone 4 or newer, you can always hit the update option in the Settings app to get to iOS 9 or newer.
Android users running on Android version 2.3.7 will have to let go of their phones and get new ones to keep up with all the WhatsApp messenger offers.
To sum up, the following operating systems will not support WhatsApp from 2020:
– Android versions 2.3.7 and older.
– iOS 8 and older.
– All Windows OS phones from 31 December 2019.
The operating systems that the app supports and recommends users to use are:
-Android running OS 4.0.3+
-iPhone running iOS 9+
-Select phones running KaiOS 2.5.1+, including JioPhone and JioPhone 2
In other news, Whatsapp is currently working on rolling out the much-awaited ‘Dark Mode’ feature.