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WhatsApp support for Android Gingerbread and iOS 8 ends in early 2020

Written by Matti Robinson @ 30 Sep 2019 11:59

WhatsApp support for Android Gingerbread and iOS 8 ends in early 2020

WhatsApp is the most popular messaging platform with over a billion users around the world. While most of these users have a fairly up-to-date Android phone or iPhone, many are using the service with older devices.
In fact, one of the many reasons WhatsApp became so immensely popular was because it supported all kinds of devices from the popular to the niche. Every now and then, however, some of the older devices will no longer be supported by the messaging app.

This will again happen at the start of February, 2020. The support will end this time for Android 2.3.7, more commonly known as Android Gingerbread, as well as iOS 8.

Fortunately this means that it only affects around 0.3% of Android and iOS users alike.

Also, this doesn't mean that you won't be able to use the app at all, but official support, including updates, are no longer going to be appearing on those devices.

In addition, ou will no longer be able to activate a new account with aforementioned devices.

One subsection of smartphones that won't have a working WhatsApp is Windows Phone. The service will no longer be available on Windows Phone starting December 31, 2019.

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