WhatsApp is set to stop working on a number of popular Apple and Android smartphones as older operating systems will no longer be supported by the messaging app.
From February 1, smartphone users with iPhones running iOS 8 or earlier will no longer be able to use the hugely popular app, and the same will apply to Android users on Android version 2.3. 7 (Gingerbread).
The WhatsApp support page states that users of iOS 8 or earlier and Android 2.3.7 or earlier will not be able to create new accounts or recheck existing accounts as of February 1, 2020.
So that means no more sharing photos, making WhatsApp data calls, or participating in group chats. If you are affected by this impending WhatsApp outage, you should be able to continue using WhatsApp by simply downloading a newer operating system to your device.
For Apple users, as long as you have an iPhone 4S or newer, you will be able to download a version of iOS that will support WhatsApp, and given that the 4S was released in 2011, most iPhones should be fine. .
To find out which operating system your smartphone is currently running on, follow the following simple steps.
Android users should click on Settings, go to “About phone”, then “Software information”.
For iPhone users, go to Settings, General, and then click Software Update.
You will then find the operating system information and you should also find an option to update.
You have until February 1 to make sure your smartphone is up to date.
However, there is one operating system that will never be able to use WhatsApp again – the Windows Mobile operating system. This old-fashioned operating system was found on phones like the Motorola MPx200.