If you currently use WhatsApp on your mobile device, you should know support for some operating systems will be ending in 2020. WhatsApp has made an announcement on the official website talking about the support dropping for some mobile devices.
The only good news here is that support for older operating systems will not happen until February 2020. That gives people a little bit of time to upgrade their smartphones in order to keep using the app. Read on to learn more about the WhatsApp changes and what it means for you.
WhatsApp Dropping Support for Old Mobile Operating Systems on iOS & Android
Regardless of whether you are on Android or iOS, WhatsApp might stop working on your device in 2020. The company announced that support is ending for older mobile operating systems on both iOS and Android. The instant messaging app is one of the most popular among young people, but the time has come for support to end if you are on an older device.
This new announcement showed up on the Frequently Asked Questions page of the official WhatsApp website. On iOS, if you are running iOS 7 or older you will no longer be able to use the app unless you upgrade to iOS 8 or above. Most people are using at least iOS 9, with a significant group on iOS 10 or iOS 11. The newest iOS release is iOS 12, although not too many people have made the switch to that system yet. For those of you who are still on iOS 7 or lower this is bad news. It means you will need to either update your operating system or upgrade your device in order to continue using WhatsApp.
WhatsApp Discontinues Support for Older Android Operating Systems
Not only is WhatsApp discontinuing support on iOS in 2020, but older Android systems will also be impacted. WhatsApp will no longer support Android 2.3.7 or lower beginning in 2020. This shouldn’t be an issue for those on Android because it’s less than one percent of active devices that are running at or under Android 2.3.7. There will likely be more people impacted by the iOS discontinuation of support than the Android discontinuation.
What all of this means is that if you have WhatsApp and use one of these older devices, you will not be able to reverify your existing account. You will also be unable to make a new account if you are running on one of these older operating systems. Basically, you will not be able to do anything in WhatsApp after this February 2020 date, unless you have updated your operating system.
WhatsApp Also Dropping Windows Phone Support Ahead of Older iOS & Android Support Discontinuation
The company also has announced that ahead of the older iOS and Android devices losing support, all versions of Windows Phone will no longer be supported either. The instant messaging service announced that support for all Windows Phones will stop on January 1, 2020. That means anyone still using a Windows Phone can only use the app until New Year’s Eve 2019, because after that none of the Windows Phone systems will be supported.
Windows Phone is not even around anymore as Windows discontinued the Windows Phone quite some time ago. We would be shocked to learn people are still using those devices since Windows dropped those phones altogether. In the announcement, WhatsApp said that all active development for these older operating systems has stopped.
That includes the older iOS and Android systems, along with Windows Phone. This means that some features of the app might stop working well ahead of the February 2020 date. If you are on Android, you should upgrade to at least Android 4.0.3 in order to continue using WhatsApp as normal. On iOS, you should be at least on iOS 8 in order to be able to use WhatsApp normally.
In the comments below, we want to hear from you if you are on one of these older operating systems. What has stopped you from upgrading to the newest iOS or Android operating system update? Are you on an older device that does not support the newest operating system updates? Do you think discontinuing support for these older systems is a good idea? Are you surprised that support for Windows Phone has been around this long? Let us know whether or not you think more apps will do things like this in the future and what it could mean for those on an older device.