WhatsApp will no longer work on iPhones running iOS 8 or smartphones running Android Gingerbread (or earlier) as of February 2020. Shortly before, the instant messaging app will disappear from the latest devices running Windows Phone. The American firm encourages users to install the latest version of the mobile OS available or to migrate to another operating system.
WhatsApp recently updated its FAQ page for compatible smartphones. According to the firm, iPhone quips of iOS 8 (or an earlier version) and smartphones under Android Gingerbread 2.3.7 (or a previous iteration) will no longer be compatible with the WhatsAppds application on February 1, 2020. As a reminder, Ginbergread currently represents less than 0.3% of Android terminals in circulation.
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WhatsApp will no longer be compatible with certain Android or iPhone smartphones as of February 2020
You can no longer create new accounts or re-verify existing accounts warns WhatsApp on its site. If the app is already installed on your device, you can continue to use it normally. However, some features may encounter malfunctions or even stop working.We are no longer actively developing the application for these operating systems explain the developers.
That's not all. WhatsApp will no longer be usable on Windows Phoneaprs mobiles on December 31, 2019. In the coming months, the email application may even disappear from the Windows Store, Microsoft’s online store. As a reminder, the final death of Windows Phone is indeed expected for 2020, after years of agony.
To continue using WhatsApp under normal conditions, the developers advise you to choose a smartphone running at least under Android 4.0.3 or an iPhone under iOS 9. Each year, WhatsApp announces the end of support for several versions of iOS or Android in order to make life easier for its developers. We can therefore expect that other old devices will be abandoned in the coming year.