Tuesday, September 28

WhatsApp will no longer work on older devices, users urged to upgrade


WhatsApp is ending support for older devices and will no longer work on them next year. File Photo

KUCHING: Popular cross-platform messaging app WhatsApp will no longer work on older phones or operating systems from Feb 1, 2020 onward.

In an announcement recently on its website’s FAQ page, WhatsApp said that it would be ending support and would not be able to work on phones running Android version 2.3.7 and older and iPhones running iOS 8 and older.

Users will no longer be able to create new accounts or reverify existing accounts on such devices, it said.

Those using Windows Phone operating systems after Dec 31 this year will also no longer be able to use WhatsApp, after the app was pulled from the Microsoft Store app on July 1.

“Because we no longer actively develop for these operating systems, some features might stop functioning at any time,” WhatsApp said.

Users are recommended to upgrade their operating systems or phones to at least version 4.0.3 on Android, and iOS 9 for iPhone users.

iOS 8 is at least five years old, after it was first released in 2014, with the last iPhones to support it being the iPhone 6 family of phones, while the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system was first released in 2010.