WhatsApp will soon stop working on millions of innocent people’s phones.
The Facebook-owned app stopped supporting a number of device on December 31. And in February, it will render lots of devices out of date.
On December 31, 2019, WhatsApp said any phone running the Windows Mobile operating system will not be supported after this date.
But an even bigger deadline is approaching.
From February 1, any iPhone running software older than iOS 7 will no longer be supported and neither will any Android device with version 2.3.7 installed.
So, which phones won’t work?
The last iPhones released running iOS 7 were the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C back in 2013.
It was superseded by iOS 8 in 2014 so if you bought an iPhone (or iPad) after that date you’re going to be fine.
Similarly, Android 2.3.7 was known as ‘Gingerbread’ and was launched way back in 2010.
By February of 2011 it had been supplanted by Android 3.0, also known as Honeycomb. Chances are, unless you’re still rocking a Google Nexus S or a Samsung Galaxy S, you’ll probably be fine.
Windows Mobile is even older – it was originally rolled out in 2003 and ran until 2010 on devices like the Motorola MPx200.
When it became clear that iOS and Android were more superior, Microsoft re-engineered its mobile operating system into the tile-based Windows Phone OS – which didn’t fare much better.
WhatsApp says that anyone using these older phones can no longer create new accounts or reverify existing accounts.
‘Because we no longer actively develop for these operating systems, some features might stop functioning at any time,’ the company said in a blog post announcing the cut-off dates.