WhatsApp to stop working on more than one billion phones. Are you safe?
Whatsapp is the world’s most popular messaging service and boasts a user base of well over one billion people.
But a lot of people could soon be stopped from using the app because it’s no longer compatible with a large number of old phone models.
Starting from 1 January 2019 (tomorrow), WhatsApp will no longer allow owners of certain mobiles log on and use the app.
‘This was a tough decision for us to make, but the right one in order to give people better ways to keep in touch with friends, family, and loved ones using WhatsApp,’ it said in a blog post.
“We’ll no longer actively develop for these operating systems, some features might stop functioning at any time. If you currently use an older operating system, we recommend upgrading to a newer version…,” says the chat company on its support page. It suggests the users to upgrade to a newer Android version in case they are using an old one.
The chat company has shared a list of devices that will see the end of the support. Many of the devices in the list have already stopped supporting the app while some are going to lose the support after December 31. Last year, it snapped the support for Windows Phone 8.0, BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10 while this year Nokia S40 series phones will stop running WhatsApp after December 31. The company has also confirmed its plans to end drop support for Android Gingerbread and iPhones running iOS 7 or older in 2020.
Meanwhile, here is the list of all OS that have been or will be affected by the WhatsApp’s move. To start with, here are all the operating systems that have already stopped supporting WhatsApp:
— Android versions older than 2.3.3
— Windows Phone 8.0 and older
— iPhone 3GS/iOS 6
— Nokia Symbian S60
— BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10
The operating systems that will lose the support after December 31, 2018 are:
— Nokia S40 until December 31, 2018
— Android versions 2.3.7 and older until February 1, 2020
— iOS 7 and older until February 1, 2020
WhatsApp wants you to upgrade to a newer version or to one of these:
— Android running OS 4.0 and above
— iPhone running iOS 8 and above
–Windows Phone 8.1 and above
Last year, WhatsApp dropped its support for Nokia Symbian S60 phones. It then announced plants to do the same for Nokia S40 handsets on December 31, 2018/ Nokia S40 is an operating system which was phased out in 2014.
It was installed in more than 1.5 billion phones. Whatsapp plans to stop support for all iPhones running iOS 7 by February 1, 2020.
This means anyone who owns an iPhone 4 or earlier will have to buy a new phone. Anyone who owns iPhones produced after this will have to update their device if they want to use Whatsapp. A
Also, the app will no longer work on devices running Android 2.3.7 and older after February 1, 2020. Here are all the phones which can no longer use WhatsApp:
- Nokia 208
- Nokia 301 Single SIM and dual SIM Chat Edition
- Nokia 515 Preinstalled WhatsApp New
- Nokia Asha 201
- Nokia Asha 205 Chat Edition
- Nokia Asha 210
- Nokia Asha 230 Single SIM and dual SIM models
- Nokia Asha 300
- Nokia Asha 302
- Nokia Asha 303
- Nokia Asha 305
- Nokia Asha 306
- Nokia Asha 308
- Nokia Asha 309
- Nokia Asha 310
- Nokia Asha 311
- Nokia Asha 500
- Nokia Asha 501
- Nokia Asha 502
- Nokia Asha 503
- Nokia C3-00
- Nokia C3-01
- Nokia X2-00
- Nokia X2-01
- Nokia X3-02
- Nokia X3-02.5
- Nokia 206 Single SIM and dual SIM models.
Source: Metro UK