WhatsApp to stop working on old smartphones: Details

WhatsApp will stop working on smartphones running old versions of Android and iOS.

If you’re still using phones that have the dated operating system then it’s time to act. Facebook-owned WhatsApp earlier this week announced ending support for the older generation of Android, iOS and Windows Phone.

WhatsApp will stop working on iPhones running iOS 8 or older. For Android, the app will stop functioning on phones running version 2.3.7. WhatsApp has already announced ending support for Windows Phone.

For iOS and Android users, WhatsApp has given February 1, 2020 deadline. For Windows users, the support ends on December 31, 2019.

The first thing you can do is update your mobile operating system. Android users, go to device Settings > About Phone > System Updates > check for updates. If you have got an update, download and install it on your phone. iOS users, open Settings on your phone> General > Software Update.

You may also consider upgrading to a new smartphone with the latest Android or iOS versions instead of trying to installing an update on your old phone.

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Nonetheless, Android users can keep backup of your WhatsApp conversations on Google Drive. In order to do so, tap on the three dots menu on the top right corner.

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Go to Settings > Chats > Chat backups. Choose between the options given to take a backup. When you’re installing your account on a new phone, you can simply download the backup from Drive.

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