WhatsApp has announced that it will end its service for some phone after February 2020. In an official blog post, Facebook-owned company wrote that its messaging service would stop working on all Windows phones as well as some Android and iPhones.
WhatsApp already ended service for some Blackberry and Nokia phones back in 2016 and in 2017, it stopped service for some Android, Windows, and iPhones running on older versions of their operating systems. Now, in 2019 it is ending service for all Windows phones and also some iPhones and Android phones.
WhatsApp will not work on these phones
According to the official blog, WhatsApp will stop working for all Windows phones after December 31, 2019. It means those who still use Nokia Lumia and other phones that run on Windows OS will not be able to use WhatsApp after December 31.
Moreover, WhatsApp will also stop working on all Android phones running on v2.3.7 & older and iPhones running on iOS 7 and older versions after February 1, 2020.
The company also announced that these older versions of Android and iOS phones will also not be able to create new accounts and re-verify existing accounts after February 1, 2020.
Why will WhatsApp stop working?
WhatsApp is stopping service for phones running older Android and iOS versions because these older versions don’t offer the capabilities it requires to expand the messenger’s features. To be noted, WhatsApp will not instantly stop working on these phones but it will not receive any further updates and eventually end the service.
How to save chats?
If you have a Windows phone or Android phone running version 2.3.7 & older or iPhone running iOS and don’t want to lose all your chats and media, there is an option to save your chats. You can export all your chats and also save pictures and videos.
WhatsApp will keep running on these phones
WhatsApp also listed the operating systems that it will keep supporting. The company recommends users to use the following updated devices:
The Facebook-owned instant messaging platform will keep the app running for Android OS 4.0.3+ and iOS 9+. It will also keep running on select phones with KaiOS 2.5.1+ OS, which includes JioPhone and JioPhone 2.
Meanwhile, WhatsApp constantly keeps updating with new features in order to provide better messaging and call experience to its users. Read about the latest features here.