WhatsApp is being used by 1.5 billion people daily as it has everything that a modern messenger needs to do. The Facebook-owned messaging app has been adding features and will continue to do so but there’s bad news for people still using phones running iOS 8 and Android’s 2.3 Gingerbread OS. WhatsApp will stop support for the aforementioned OS starting February 2020.
Those still on iOS 8 must update to a newer version (which is impossible for obvious reasons) or should straightaway buy a new device with iOS 9 or later to use all the latest features. Users will still be able to open the app but they will no longer be able to open new accounts or re-verify old ones on devices running iOS 8 or lower.
“On iOS 8, you can no longer create new accounts or re-verify existing accounts. For the best experience, we recommend you use the latest version of iOS available for your phone,” WhatsApp said in an official communique.
The firm also warned against the possible dangers from jailbroken devices. It said, “We don’t explicitly restrict the use of jailbroken or unlocked devices. However, because these modifications might affect the functionality of your device, we can’t provide support for devices using modified versions of the iPhone’s operating system.”
The message clearly points that WhatsApp wants users to upgrade to the latest version of the software, which is iOS 13.1 or Android 9, for the best results. The popular messaging app will also end support for all versions of Windows Phone on December 31, 2019.