With the company withdrawing support for some older mobile platforms, the Facebook-owned messenger service – WhatsApp will stop working on millions of phones in the next few months.
Any iPhone running iOS 8 or older, along with any Android device running version 2.3.7 or older, will no longer be supported as of February 1, 2020.
Users of these operating systems can no longer create new WhatsApp accounts or re-check existing accounts.
In fact, from December 31, 2019, WhatsApp will withdraw support for all Windows phones – the same month as Microsoft will end support for its Windows 10 Mobile OS.
WhatsApp said “because we no longer actively develop for these operating systems, some features might stop functioning at any time”
Whatsapp will continue to support devices running Android 4.0.3 and iPhones running iOS 9 and up.
If WhatsApp is currently active on your iOS 8 device, you’ll be able to use it until February 1, 2020.
Here is a summary of all the dates that WhatsApp stopped and will stop working on older phone systems.
- June 30, 2017 – Nokia Symbian S60
- December 31, 2017 – BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10
- December 31, 2018 – Nokia S40
- December 31, 2019 – Windows Mobile
- February 1, 2020 – iOS 7 and Android 2.3.7 (Gingerbread)
It is recommended to upgrade to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone to continue using WhatsApp if you use one of these affected mobile devices.
WhatsApp is focused on adding new features for current systems as well as abandoning older systems. It is currently working on a dark mode that should help to reduce its battery usage a bit, but for general release it is not available.