WhatsApp may not be accessible from 1st February 2020


WhatsApp has advised users to upgrade to the latest version of IOS or Android, to be able to use WhatsApp. The Facebook-owned messaging App is upgrading to keep up with data security and better services. However, the upgraded version may not be available on smartphones running on older operating systems, some of the Windows phones have already lost WhatsApp support. For users on older versions of IOS or Android, they may not be able to create new accounts or re verify the existing accounts. 

Which phones will be affected?

  • Apple phones running on IOS 8 or earlier versions may not be able to use WhatsApp without an upgrade. 
  • Android phones operating on versions older than 4.0.3 or Ice Cream Sandwich, which was released in 2011, may lose WhatsApp support. Similarly, Android phones running on version 2.3.7 or Gingerbread may also not be able to use WhatsApp anymore.

Can I upgrade my OS to use WhatsApp?

Not all the older smartphones can be upgraded to use WhatsApp, but most of them can be! For example, Apple phones running on IOS 9, launched in 2015 are safe. iPhone 4 and older versions cannot be upgraded to IOS 9, thus sadly won’t be able to use WhatsApp anymore. Also, the following iPhones can be upgraded to IOS 9 and can use WhatsApp:

  • iPhone 4s, iPhone 5/5s/5c, iPhone 6/6 Plus

However, the plight of Android phone users is not that bad, as most of the Android phones launched after 2011 can be upgraded to the latest version of Android. If you have an Android phone, you can check your OS version by going to “Settings” ? “General” ? “Software update”. 

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