WhatsApp will stop working on millions of smart devices running on older versions of Apple, Android and Windows early next year. The instant messaging app recently updated its platform support page for multiple operating systems.
According to WhatsApp, the move is essential to ensure security of its users. Media reports suggest that the number of users of available phones running on these old OSes could be in millions.
Here are the details:
iPhone users with iOS 8 will be able to use WhatsApp till February 1, 2020.
WhatsApp running on iPhones with iOS 8 or earlier versions will not be eligible to create new accounts and existing accounts will not be verified.
WhatsApp will, however, run on iPhones with iOS 9 or the latest versions.
WhatsApp will not be supported on iPhones running on modified versions of iOS, or "jailbroken" devices.
Android devices running on version 2.3.7 will be unable to run WhatsApp from February 1, 2020.
Similar to iPhones running on iOS 8, these Android phones will not be able to create new accounts or verify the existing ones.
From December 31, WhatsApp will end support for all devices running on Windows.
Currently, WhatsApp is not supported on Wi-Fi only devices.