WhatsApp has Stopped the Messaging Service on Millions of Phones
Today, the Facebook instant messaging application, which is owned by Facebook, stops working on millions of old mobile devices globally, after the company stopped its support for such phones running old versions of Android and iOS completely.
The company said in a post: “Although these mobile devices were an important part of our story, they do not provide the capabilities we need to expand application in the future, and this was a difficult decision for us, but it is the right decision in order to give people a better way to stay in touch.” With friends, family and loved ones. ”
Affected users will not be able to use their existing accounts, in addition to losing conversations if they did not export their chat history earlier, and the company notes that the option to export chat is not available in Germany.
The company that developed the application had suspended on December 31, 2019 its support for Windows Phone users, with a message saying “You can no longer use WhatsApp on this phone, because WhatsApp no longer supports it.”
With the deadline corresponding to today’s date, users using Android 2.3.7 (known as Gingerbread) and earlier versions, as well as users of iPhone 8 and earlier, are affected.
According to Google, only 0.3 percent of Android devices are still powered by this version known as the Gingerbread operating system, while Apple claims that only 7 percent of the devices are powered by an older version of its iOS 12 operating system.
In other words, if the user had an iPhone 4 or earlier, or an Android device released before 2011 (such as Google Nexus One or Samsung Galaxy S), it is unlikely that , could install WhatsApp from the App Store or Google Play Store.
Notable devices that lose support for WhatsApp include older iPhone 5s than iPhone 5 and all Android smartphones launched in 2010 or earlier, such as Samsung Epic 4G and Motorola Droid X.
These users ’ability to create new WhatsApp accounts or re-check their existing accounts is restricted, and these users will not be able to use WhatsApp at all after today.
WhatsApp recommends that users who wish to continue using the service obtain a device running Android 4.0.3 at least or an iPhone with iOS 9 or higher.
The company claims that this step, which came into effect today, is necessary to ensure the safety of users against intruders who may attempt to exploit loopholes in old operating systems to steal personal details, and the American company advises users to update to the latest version of the application in order to maintain their security during messaging.