WhatsApp to discontinue support for some mobile OS versions beginning from February 2020


In its updated list of supported devices, WhatsApp revealed that support for older versions of devices will soon stop. In specifying the devices to be affected, the post named certain OS versions of Android, iPhone, and Windows phones. The Facebook-owned company claims to be discontinuing support in order to ensure functionality and security of users.

As things stand, devices running Android 2.3.7 “Gingerbread”, Windows Phone 8.1, and iOS 8 will no longer be able to create new accounts or verify existing ones — this also applies to all versions before those mentioned. However, users of existing accounts on these devices can continue using the service until February 1 2020.

WhatsApp recommends an OS upgrade or a switch to phones with higher specifications for people who want to hold on to their old devices and still use the app from the 2nd of February.

This is not good news for users who will choose to stick with older devices, especially those that do not support an OS upgrade. They might have no choice but to uninstall the app and move to other social…



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