Whatsapp on millions of phones stops working. Shortly after the messaging app announced it will stop supporting older devices, WhatsApp will stop working on millions of phones.
On its support page, the Facebook-owned company revealed that smartphones would no longer be able to access the app, claiming that the move was necessary to ensure its users ‘ security.
This affects different versions of Android, ios and Windows Phone, with the official support period ending on February 1, 2020.
WhatsApp will no longer work on iPhones running iOS 8 or earlier, which Apple released in 2014 for the first time. This means that anyone with an iPhone 6 or older won’t have to worry about missing WhatsApp.
“We recommend that you use the latest iOS version available for your phone for the best experience,” .WhatsApp officials said
Android phones that use an older version than 2.3.3–also known as Gingerbread–will also no longer be supported and anyone who attempts to create a new account or search an existing account using older Androids will be blocked.
Android Gingerbread was released in 2010, so Samsung, Huawei, Sony and Google smartphones are safe from the assault for nearly a decade.
WhatsApp will continue to support Windows Phones running the Windows Phone 8.1 mobile operating system or beyond.
Any impacted WhatsApp users could upgrade their OS potentially to continue using WhatsApp, but many older phone models will either have trouble running new operating systems or simply not allow them to be enabled.
It’s not the first time that WhatsApp has ended support for older devices and described it as a “tough decision” to cut off users for security and compatibility. News report on Whatsapp on millions of phones stops working.