Popular chat app will stop working on certain Android, iOS phones
Several smartphone models may not be able to run WhatsApp from February 1, 2020
On December 31, 2019, WhatsApp withdrew support for Windows phones. Now, WhatsApp will withdraw support for older versions of the most popular operating systems from February 1, 2020, according to the WhatsApp FAQ section.
If you're still using OS versions mentioned above, here's what WhatsApp recommends following the shutdown
"Support for other operating systems
We provide support for and recommend using the following devices:
- Android running OS 4.0.3+
- iPhone running iOS 9+
- Select phones running KaiOS 2.5.1+, including JioPhone and JioPhone 2
Once you have one of these devices, simply install WhatsApp and verify your phone number. Keep in mind that WhatsApp can only be activated with one phone number on one device at a time.
Furthermore, there's no option to transfer your chat history between platforms. However, we provide the option to export your chat history as an email attachment.
Please note, export chat isn’t supported in Germany.
For the following operating systems, you can no longer create new accounts, nor reverify existing accounts. However, you'll be able to continue using WhatsApp on:
- Android versions 2.3.7 and older until February 1, 2020
- iOS 8 and older until February 1, 2020
You'll no longer be able to use all Windows Phone operating systems after December 31, 2019, and WhatsApp might not be available in the Microsoft Store after July 1, 2019.
Note: Because we no longer actively develop for these operating systems, some features might stop functioning at any time."