WhatsApp stops working on millions of smartphones from 1 February 2020. Smartphones using Android 2.3.7 and older, and iPhone iOS 8 or older, are no longer supported by Whatsapp.
Whatsapp will only support the devices which are currently running Android 4.0.3 onwards and iPhones running iOS 9 and onwards.
Whatsapp stops working for older versions of the Android or iOS operating systems for the security purpose of its users. The company took such a bold step to ensure the security of its 1.5 million users. In a blog, Whatsapp has posted:
“Because we no longer actively develop for these operating systems, some features might stop functioning at any time”
According to the latest updates from Whatsapp, the user of these unsupported devices will no longer be able to enjoy the prejudice of making new accounts and they will not re-verify their existing accounts as well.
Last year, the company informed the users of older devices to export and archive data and move chat history to other devices with the latest operating systems before Feb 1, 2020.
The Facebook-owned messaging app was launched in 2009. Every year Whatsapp goes through constant changes and updates. It removes support for devices that ‘don’t offer the kind of capabilities which the company needs to expand its features in the future.
This is not the first time Whatsapp is making such changes. In December 2019, it withdrew support for Windows Phones right after Microsoft announced that it’s going to back up from the support of Windows 10 and older mobile operating systems.
Recently Whatsapp brought some new features for Android and iPhone users. Whatsapp said
“It will launch a dark mode feature for its iPhone users with the launch of an update for the beta version on Google play platform.”
For instance, If you are a smartphone user then update the app and enjoy the new ‘Dark Mode’ feature. The Dark mode toggle will only show up in WhatsApp v2.20.13 beta or higher.
Whatsapp is one of the most used apps around the globe. However, the IT board recommended that all the social networking apps including Whatsapp should be ban in Government offices because of the fears of the application being a platform for fake news.
Recently, Whatsapp grabs the first position as a most downloaded app of 2019. No doubt, it used as a main source of communication worldwide.