From Feb 2020, WhatsApp will stop working on iOS 8 or below iPhone & Android devices running 2.3.7 or older, said WhatsApp .

There is an important development happening in the smart world. From February 2020, Whatsapp will stop working on millions of phones. The Facebook owned cross-platform messaging and video chat company has announced on its support page that it is going withdraw support from some older versions of android, iOS and window phones.

WhatsApp will stop working on iOS 8 & older versions – iPhone 5 users in danger:

WhatsApp will no longer be available on iOS 8 and its predecessor versions. This will apparently affect all those iOS users who are still adhering to iPhone 5 and earlier versions. The apple users with iPhone 6 or the newer apple mobile devices are in the safe zone as WhatsApp will continue to work on their phones.

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Android users using older phones will not be able to use WhatsApp:

Smartphone users having Android devices running 2.3.7 AKA Android gingerbread and its predecessor versions will not be able to use, install and create new WhatsApp accounts on their phones. Android gingerbread was released almost 10 years ago so all the android smartphones released after 2010 are safe from the purge.

Windows phone users will also be affected by the update as WhatsApp will now only be available for windows phone 8.1 and onwards. All the Microsoft mobile devices running 8.0 will be deprived of WhatsApp and the users might have to switch to other phones.

The company has revealed that the move was necessary to ensure the cyber-safety of the users and some tough decisions were required to add protective layers. WhatsApp recommends users to switch to the latest versions of operating systems for an optimized and safe user experience. WhatsApp has currently over 1.5Billion users globally. One of the major reasons of the app’s popularity is the encryption that shuts down doors for hackers.

Apparently you can update the operating system on your phone and move to the versions that are available for WhatsApp but it can be troublesome as your old phone model might not be compatible with the OS update. The updated android versions only work for the latest phone models and normally don’t get installed on older phones.

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