WhatsApp will stop working on some older smartphones from January 12020-12-28 13:59 by Daniela
Millions of smartphone users won't be able to access WhatsApp from January 1, 2021, onwards as their devices will no longer remain compatible with the messaging app. WhatsApp has yet again announced that is withdrawing support for certain older devices which are currently compatible with the messaging app.
That means the iPhone 4 and all its earlier models will lose access, as will all Windows phones, support for which Whatsapp is ditching entirely. As long as you have iOS 9 or Android 4.0.3 or above before 1 January, you'll be safe and retain access to the app. Models like the 4S, 5, 5S, 5C, 6 and 6S can all be updated in order to keep WhatsApp functioning on the phone.
If users have such phones that are no longer compatible with WhatsApp then they must back up their chats before January 1, 2021, if they want to retain them.
They can do so by going to 'Chat backup' option under Chats section in Settings. Aside from backing up their chats, users of old devices should also start looking for smartphones that are compatible with WhatsApp if they want to use the messaging app in the future.
WhatsApp launched back in 2009 and is now the most popular messaging app in the world. In 2014, the app was acquired by Facebook for $19 billion. Facebook is currently in the process of merging WhatsApp with Instagram and Facebook Messenger so users can interact seamlessly between all three platforms.
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