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WhatsApp Will Stop Working On Millions Of Phones By February 2020

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Popular messaging service, WhatsApp has said it will stop working on millions of smartphones from 1st February 2020.

 

Android and iPhone devices which only support outdated operating systems will no longer be able to run the messaging service. That is devices using Android 2.3.7 and older, and Apple devices using iOS 8 or older.

 

They alone are affected by the latest WhatsApp updates. Thus, it means that you’ll need at least at an iPhone 4 to run WhatsApp.

 

WhatsApp said this action was necessary in order to protect the security of its users. This move mirrors the mass purge in 2019 when the App stopped working on Windows phones.

 

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WhatsApp is the fourth most downloaded app of the decade. Photo: Getty Images.

 

The victims saw a dark screen with the words: ‘You can no longer use WhatsApp on this phone because WhatsApp no longer supports it.’ After this, the app then offered a link to help victims ‘learn about switching to a new phone.’

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“Because we no longer actively develop for these operating systems, some features might stop functioning at any time. For the best experience, we recommend you use the latest version of iOS [or Android] available for your phone,” a WhatsApp blog post explained.

Whatsapp says the decision was tough but necessary for security

A CCS Insight analyst, Ben Wood says “WhatsApp clearly had no option but to ensure its service remains secure, however, it faces the difficult side-effect that the app is no longer compatible with older smartphones.”

 

“This is likely to disproportionally impact the long-tail of its users, particularly in growth markets where there is a high proportion of older devices,” he added

 

WhatsApp, first warned its users that these changes would happen back in 2017.

 

“This was a tough decision for us to make, but the right one in order to give people better ways to keep in touch with friends, family, and loved ones using WhatsApp,” said a spokesperson for the company.

 

Despite some being affected by the new policy, many others are happy that the company sees users’ security as paramount.

 

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