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January 24, 2021

The Chhattisgarh

Beyond The Region

WhatsApp and old phones: Many people to lose access to WhatsApp but you probably should not worry

Today is February 1, a dreaded day for some people who are no longer going to have access to the popular messaging app, WhatsApp. Reason: They are using a very old phone. But are you one of these phone users? In the last few days, a number of reports have highlighted that you may lose access to WhatsApp because the Facebook-owned app is dropping support for a number of older phones. However, chances are that you are not going to be affected because these phones, and the software that these phones run, is old. Like VERY VERY old.

WhatsApp now runs only on iOS devices running iOS 9+ and Android devices running OS 4.0.3+ along with the Jio phones. This means all the phones that are running older software are no longer compatible with WhatsApp, effective now. The company has regretted the decision of withdrawing the support from many operating systems but has maintained that it decided to provide better ways for people to stay in touch. Basically, sorry no sorry.

Interestingly, Android and iOS weren’t the only operating systems that stopped receiving WhatsApp support. On December 31, 2019, WhatsApp ended support for the Windows phones and coincidentally Microsoft also ended support of its Windows 10 mobile OS. For a better understanding, check out the list of operating systems that will not have WhatsApp anymore:

The phones running Android 2.3.7 and older
The phones running iOS 8 and older
The phones featuring Windows OS

This list also means you are likely not affected. The operating systems that are mentioned above are installed in very old devices such as the iPhone 4, 5 or 5C and in Android, they are similar to the phones such as Samsung E7, Mega that were launched in or before 2015. Considering how tech-savvy the world has become it would be highly unlikely to find people using any of the devices in 2020, as not just WhatsApp these phones also deprived of many other important functionalities. Some new apps like Snapchat, TikTok, Google Pay might not be available for download on these stale operating systems.

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