Right now, there are different messaging apps available on both Apple Store and Google Play Store. But of all the apps available, WhatsApp has become quite popular and in fact, the largely preferred mediums of communication these days.
WhatsApp messenger, which is now owned by the popular social networking service Facebook, currently has millions of users. Irrespective of iOS and Android platforms, this app is used by countless people. There are many reasons why this app is the favorite of many. It receives several updates from time to time, easy to chat, video calling, and many other factors are considered as the key reasons for its ever-growing popularity, since its advent in 2009.
However, there is a bad news for several users of this app. Recently, there is a news doing rounds about the WhatsApp messaging service that it will no longer run on millions of old smartphones that includes both Android and iOS handsets. The messaging service has quietly revealed this news a few days ago and mentioned that from 1 February 2020, WhatsApp will stop working on some phones that run on older operating systems. Besides, the company has also listed out the handsets that will no longer support this service.
This list includes the Android phones like Nokia S40 and those running on OS versions older than 2.3.7. Based on the estimated Google figures, there is still almost 0.3 percent of Android devices that are still running on this version of operating system that equals to almost six million smartphones and tablets. Those using these handsets will have to look for other options as they won’t be able to create new accounts now but may continue using the existing one till the deadline.
WhatsApp was quoted as saying in a blog post, “Because we’ll no longer actively develop for these operating systems, some features might stop functioning at any time.” Although there are currently half a billion users of this messaging app all over the world, there is still no exact stats of the users who will get affected by this latest news.
Meanwhile, the Apple iPhones with iOS 7 or older versions are taken into this list. At the beginning of this year i.e, in January, the company has totally stopped its support for a few handsets like BlackBerry 10, BlackBerry OS, and Windows Phone 8.0. Individuals carrying these phones can neither use nor update their WhatsApp software.
Besides these, the operating systems and devices that have already become incompatible with this messaging app include
→ Android versions older than 2.3.3
→ Apple iPhone 3GS/iOS 6
→ BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10
→ Nokia Symbian S60
→ Windows Phone 8.0 and older
Those using these older versions can update their handsets to one of the following operating systems.
→ Android running OS 4.0+
→ iPhone running iOS 8+
→ Windows Phone 8.1+
WhatsApp also added, “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.”
“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.”