WhatsApp is about to end support for smartphones running on older operating systems from today which turns out to be millions of phones. The communication application will run on both older Android and iOS devices as the company will end support from February 2 2020.
The older operating systems that will be not be supported are the legacy operating systems that no longer receive any updates or come installed on smartphones anymore. Most of the users who will get affected by this can simply update the operating system to have WhatsApp run-in on their smartphones.
However, a massive number of users will not be able to upgrade as OEMs have not rolled out updates for older smartphones.
To make things simpler, smartphones using Android 2.3.7 and older, and iPhone iOS 8 or older will not be able to use WhatsApp on the smartphones from today.
Users can check their software version from the settings and tap on about phone or software version option.
WhatsApp has also said that older Android and iOS operating systems “can no longer create new accounts, nor re-verify existing accounts after February 1, 2020.” WhatsApp will work on some older operating systems such as KaiOS 2.5.1+ OS, that is being used by JioPhone and JioPhone 2.
“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,” said a spokesperson for the company.
If you are upgrading your operating system today to make WhatsApp work on your smartphone, we advise you to take a back up of your chats before going through with the update.
Users can take a backup of their WhatsApp conversation by tapping on Settings> Chats> Chat Backup in both Android and iOS versions of the application.