From 1st Feb WhatsApp will not work on a number of phones

    • As of 1 February 2020, WhatsApp will not operate on a range of Android and iOS phones
    • WhatsApp discontinued support for Windows Phones on 31 December 2019

WhatsApp will stop working on a range of Android and iOS devices coming in on February 1st.

As posted on Facebook-owned messaging app’s FAQ site, there are several devices that may not be able to run the software as the firm withdraws support for older versions of Android.

According to the WhatsApp FAQ site, Android phones based on Android 2.3.7 and lower operating system as well as iPhones running on iOS 8 and lower will not be compliant with the chat app in a few more weeks from now.

The instant messaging platform will however keep the app running with KaiOS 2.5.1+ OS, including JioPhone and JioPhone 2 for select phones.

WhatsApp has highlighted that these older versions of the Android and iOS operating systems are “can no longer create new accounts, nor re-verify existing accounts after February 1, 2020.”

If you still use this lower version of OS on your phones to use WhatsApp, and you don’t want to lose all your chats and information after February 1st, 2020, there’s an option to save your chats: -Open the chat you want to export and tap Chats.

Tap’ Chat to export’ Then you’ll get the option to download the talk with or without internet. Select your choice and export all of your chats.

WhatsApp also emphasized that the decision to stop supporting WhatsApp for Android phones and iPhones won’t affect many users.

Here is a list of all the operating systems which will not support WhatsApp from next year:-Android versions 2.3.7 and older-iOS 8 and older

  • -WhatsApp has also listed the operating systems the app supports and recommends to use the following updated devices:
  • -Android running OS 4.0.3 + -IOS-9 +
  • -Select phones running KaiOS 2.5.1 + including JioPhone and Jiophone 2
  • -All Windows OS phones from 31 December 2019

WhatsApp withdrew support for Windows Phone operating systems earlier on 31 December 2019, stating that the applications, “no longer actively develop for these operating systems, and thus, some features might stop functioning at any time.”

Mark Funk
Mark Funk is an experienced information security specialist who works with enterprises to mature and improve their enterprise security programs. Previously, he worked as a security news reporter.