WhatsApp will stop working on smartphones running Android version 2.3.7 or iOS 8 and older will lose support. Android phones running OS 4.0.3+ and iPhone models running iOS 9+ will still be able to use WhatsApp.
Users on these unsupported devices will no longer be able to use the app or create accounts some features might stop functioning at any time.
This is because WhatsApp modifications might affect the functionality of the users devises. Therefore cannot guarantee support for the modified versions of the Os.
Additionally, the move is necessary to ensure the safety of users against hackers. Especially those who might try to exploit loopholes in the older software to steal personal details.
“For the best experience, we recommend you use the latest version of iOS or Android OS available for your phone,” according to WhatsApp support.
Operating system like the Gingerbread 2.3.7, used on phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S2 and the HTC Desire HD. Millions of devices globally will be affected.
WhatsApp’s decision to shut down its support for older phones means “some features might stop functioning at any time”. It would force users to upgrade to a new phone at a time when people are holding onto their phones longer.
Earlier December, WhatsApp shut down its support for the Nokia Lumia devices made by Microsoft at the end of December.
WhatsApp has as well previously discontinued support for Windows operating system after Microsoft discontinued the development of its Windows Phone operating system in 2017, ending its push into smartphones after a botched deal to buy Nokia’s mobile phone business in 2011.
WhatsApp had warned users to upgrade to iOS 9 or later for iPhones, OS 4 for Android devices. While Windows 8.1 and above for Microsoft. As from February 2020, they will no longer create or reverify existing accounts.
On 1st January 2020, users were met with a message confirming the dropped support.
To Justify their move, WhatsApp noted that they want to focus on mobile devices that the majority people use. While the devices have been of great support, they don’t offer kind of capabilities they need to expand our application features in the future.