In very early Facebook-owned messaging platform WhatsApp which added a number of new features for its users to improve their experience. The changes came alongside facing government heat for being unable to stop the spread of fake news. Now, if a report from The Mirror is to be believed, WhatsApp will no longer be available on select iPhones. WhatsApp will soon stop supporting iPhones that are running on iOS 7.1.2 or older.
It is also worth noting that devices running on iOS 7.1.2 or earlier will have limited time support, which does not allow users to re-install the app or re-verify a number, along with several new features. However, users who already have the app on their device don’t have to worry as it will continue to work until 2020. New users will not be able to install the WhatsApp. Also, the new version of WhatsApp will also work only on devices running iOS 8 or later. “The move would also affect anyone who owns an iPhone 4S, 5, 5C or 5S if they’d never updated their phone to a later version of iOS,” the report reads.
“WhatsApp for iPhone requires iOS 8 or later. On iPhone Operating System(OS) 7.1.2, you are not able to create a new Account longer or reverify existing accounts. If WhatsApp is currently active on your iPhone Operating System(iOS) 7.1.2 device, you will be able to use it until February 1, 2020. iOS 6 and older are no longer supported.”
WhatsApp also notices that it won’t be able to offer support for jailbroken or modified versions of iPhone’s Operating System(OS). It is necessary for the users to upgrade their iPhones to the latest OS version and in case the support is stopped by Apple then the only way is to upgrade your iPhone on your own.
With the latest change in result, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G and the iPhone released back in 2007 won’t support WhatsApp. But it is quite impressive to see iPhone 4S, which is 7 years old, still running iOS 8.4.1, is supporting WhatsApp.
For Android customers, the Smartphone should be running Android 2.3.3 or the latest and it can be able to perform an activity such as receive SMS or calls during the verification process. Windows Phones need to be running on Operating System 8.1+. For devices running on Symbian Operating System, WhatsApp will no longer be supported on Nokia smartphone such as Nokia S40 after December 31, 2018.