WhatsApp Stops Support For Some Phone Operating Systems
Popular instant messaging app on social media, WhatsApp will stop functioning on millions of mobile phones as from February 2020.
Currently in use by up to1.5 billion users all over the world, the app stopped supporting a number of devices on December 31 and on February 1, it will render lots more handsets out of date.
The messenger app announced on December 31, 2019 that any phone running the Windows Mobile operating system will no longer be supported.
As from this Saturday (February 1), 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, metro said.
Naija News understands phones that will be affected include iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C released back in 2013. It was superseded by iOS 8 in 2014. So, if you bought an iPhone (or iPad) after that date you’re going to be fine, according to the report.
Similarly, Android 2.3.7 was known as ‘Gingerbread’ and was launched way back in 2010. By February of 2011, it had been supplanted by Android 3.0, also known as Honeycomb.
Windows Mobile is even older – it was originally rolled out in 2003 and ran until 2010 on devices like the Motorola MPx200.
WhatsApp says that anyone using these older phones can no longer create new accounts or reverify existing accounts “because we no longer actively develop for these operating systems, some features might stop functioning at any time,” the company said.