WHATSAPP will stop working on millions of iPhone and Android smartphones today. As of February 1, users with mobiles running older versions of iOS and Android software will not be able to create new accounts or verify existing ones on the messaging app.
Among those affected will be people using Android versions 2.3.7 or older. Up to 7million people worldwide still use this version of Android’s software, according to Google. WhatsApp will also shut down on any iPhones running on iOS 8 or older. Roughly nine per cent of the 800million iPhone owners worldwide use a version of iOS older than iOS 12.
That means potentially millions of users could see their WhatsApp shut down from today.
Luckily most smartphones will still be able to download more up-to-date operating systems so users of older devices may still be able to update.
Software like iOS 9 is available for iPhones from the iPhone 4s onward.
For perspective, the iPhone 4s came out back in 2011.
For Android users, you need to go to Settings, then click on About Phone and then Software Info.
If you’re an iPhone user, you need to go to Settings, then click on General and then Software Update.
Both methods will display the current version of software you’re using and should give you the option to update if you need to.
There is still plenty of time to update your phone before February 1 but Windows smartphone owners have not been so lucky.
WhatsApp stopped support for Windows phones at the end of last year.
The company said in a statement: “You’ll no longer be able to use all Windows Phone operating systems after December 31, 2019, and WhatsApp might not be available in the Microsoft Store after July 1, 2019.”
In other news, Facebook has reportedly dumped its plans to flood Whatsapp with adverts.