In the past few months there have been reports from a multitude of publications claiming that WhatsApp – the world’s most popular chat app with more than two billion users – will end support for millions of devices by early 2021, which has already happened, as WhatsApp has tried to balance the vast majority of its users with the support of older platforms like BlackBerry to help a minority keep using the service to keep in touch with friends and family.
Following these disturbing new reports, WhatsApp will arrive on January 1, 2021 just support smartphones running at least iOS 9 on iPhone and Android 4.0.3 or later for Android devices like Google Pixel, OnePlus, Samsung Galaxy and others. Devices that could be affected by such a supported device list change include the Apple iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, which are too old to be updated to iOS 9 or higher.
However, there is one important thing that WhatsApp fans on iOS and Android need to know about this recent warning that was circulated. It is not true. Or rather, it’s true – but the change that people are so concerned about has already taken place. As reported by the BBC, The Independent and Android Police (to name a few), WhatsApp ended support for iOS 8 and Android 2.3.7 around early 2020. Hence, users have been living with this change for months.
As of February 1, 2020, WhatsApp announced that it could only run on smartphones with iOS 9 and Android 4.0.3 or later.
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Express.co.uk reported back in October 2019 that WhatsApp’s support page had been updated to warn users of these upcoming changes. The WhatsApp support page for iOS previously stated: “WhatsApp for iPhone requires iOS 9 or higher. You can no longer create new accounts or recheck existing accounts on iOS 8. If WhatsApp is currently active on your iOS 8 device , you will be able to use it until February 1st, 2020.
“For the best experience, we recommend that you use the latest version of iOS available for your phone.”
WhatsApp does require iOS 9 or Android 4.0.3 – this change is not in sight, but it has already been implemented. Talking about these changes before rolling them out to billions of users worldwide, WhatsApp said that support for a number of devices has ceased to expand the app’s capabilities in the future.
In a previous statement, WhatsApp said, “While these mobile devices have been an important part of our history, they do not provide the features we need to expand the capabilities of our app in the future. This has been a difficult decision for us.” but the right one to give people better opportunities to keep in touch with friends, family and loved ones via WhatsApp. “
So, if you’ve seen an article claiming your smartphone is losing WhatsApp. Please don’t panic. If you can open WhatsApp on your iPhone or Android phone today, you’re guaranteed to still be able to open it when the fireworks start on January 1st, 2021. This is because the change you are being warned about happened months ago.
In other WhatsApp news, Express.co.uk recently reported that WhatsApp users will have to agree to new terms and conditions that will go into effect next February. If WhatsApp users do not agree to these new terms and conditions, they will no longer be able to use the market-leading chat app. The notification from WhatsApp read: “By tapping Agree, you accept the new terms, which will take effect on February 8, 2021. After that date, you must accept the new terms in order to continue using WhatsApp, or you can cancel your account at any time.” Clear . “