WhatsApp to stop working on millions of smartphones – find out if you’re affected

WhatsApp has quietly announced that will stop working on a number of iPhones and Android devices.

The Facebook owned messaging platform, which boasts 1.5 billion users worldwide but will cut off millions of users from its service within the next two years, the company has revealed.

WhatsApp announced the death knell for older smartphones in a blog post titled “support for older operating systems”.

In the post, the company reveals that it will stop support the following operating systems from 1 Feb 2020:

– Android Gingerbread versions 2.3.7 and older
– iOS 7 and older

Anyone using a Nokia S40 has until 31 December 31 2018 to upgrade or lose access to WhatsApp.

WhatsApp also warned that while users will still be able to access WhatsApp, some features may stop working in the meantime as they are no longer “actively developing” for the operating systems.

While it it was launched back in 2010, Android Gingerbread version 2.3.7 is still used on 6 million phones worldwide.

In December, WhatsApp stop supporting Blackberry OS and Windows 8.0 and older.

Also no longer supported are:

– 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

WhatsApp says if you still use one of the old versions you should upgrade to at least one of the following:

– Android running OS 4.0+
– iPhone running iOS 8+
– Windows Phone 8.1+

“Once you have one of these devices, simply install WhatsApp and verify your phone number on the new device. Keep in mind that WhatsApp can only be activated with one phone number on one device at a time,” reads the WhatsApp blog.

“There’s currently no option to transfer your chat history between platforms. However, we provide the option to send your chat history attached to an email.”

Staff Writer