As reported far in advance, a number of older phones will not be able to run the WhatsApp application again starting February 1, 2020. If you are a smartphone user with legacy Android and iOS OS, then immediately update the operating system on your mobile. This policy was announced by WhatsApp through its official blog.
Based on information on the help page, WhatsApp recommends iPhone device users to update to iOS 9 and above. WhatsApp said that iPhone users with iOS 8 or older iOS will not be able to create a new account starting February 1, 2020.
“We recommend that you use the latest version of iOS available for your mobile. Please visit the Apple support website to learn how to update your iPhone software,” wrote WhatsApp. Not only iPhone users, on that date, Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread cellphone users can no longer use WhatsApp.
Android users who still want to use WhatsApp must at least update their smartphone operating system to version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or above. Quoted from Phone Arena, Thursday (1/30/2020), WhatsApp has also stopped all support for Windows Phone starting December 31, 2019 ago.
WhatsApp in early 2019 was recorded to have as many as 1.5 billion active monthly users. With this new policy, WhatsApp has the potential to lose million users.
In 2018, WhatsApp also began stopping services for older smartphones. WhatsApp has also previously given a warning that a number of features may stop working at any time until the deadline for the upcoming February 2020. For information, Facebook bought the most popular messaging application in 2014.
WhatsApp iOS version was first launched in August 2009, followed by WhatsApp Android version which was first listed on the Android Market in October 2010.