- WhatsApp will stop providing support for older phones from January 2020.
- Windows Phone devices won’t be able to use WhatsApp anymore.
- Older Android and iPhone devices won’t support WhatsApp from February 2020.
Over of the last few years, WhatsApp has evolved from being a simple messenger app to an all-in-one communication solution. That has only happened because of all the constant upgrades the app keeps on getting every week. With new upgrades and features, older phones don’t always cope up well and WhatsApp eventually keeps dropping support for them every year. Now, as 2020 approaches, WhatsApp has released a list of more phones that will drop support for WhatsApp once the calendar turns around.
List of Platforms Not Supporting :
- Android versions 2.3.7 and older
- iOS 8 and older
- All Windows OS phones from 31 December, 2019
WhatsApp also listed the operating systems that the app supports and recommends users to use the following updated devices:
- Android running OS 4.0.3+
- iPhone running iOS 9+
- Select phones running KaiOS 2.5.1+, including JioPhone and JioPhone 2
The recent update of the WhatsApp support page has listed a few platforms that will stop getting updates and won’t run WhatsApp. The prime platforms among these are Android and iOS, and its bad news for those using older handsets. From February 1, 2020, all Android phones running on Android 2.3.7 won’t be able to run WhatsApp. That means no more updates and no more sending or receiving messages through the app.
And iOS devices are also not left behind. WhatsApp says that the all of iPhones on iOS 8 and older will stop supporting its service from February 1, 2020. Users of these iPhone models have already lost the ability to make new accounts on these devices from a long time and now, they won’t be able to use the app anymore.
There’s bad news for Windows Phone users as well. The platform is long considered dead but Microsoft recently dropped support for the OS and WhatsApp followed suit by ditching starting next year of 2020. If you use WhatsApp on Windows Phone, the app won’t work from February 1, 2020.
Hence, if you use any of these old phones, it’s suggested that you should upgrade to a new handset with recent versions of the software. Any of the iPhone models currently on sale run on iOS 12 and that should offer support for WhatsApp for at least 3 more years on older devices such as iPhone 6s. With Android, you have a choice of hundreds of devices to choose from. Sadly for Windows Phone users, they will need to move to either Android or iPhones.