If you are still using a handset such as the Google Nexus One, Samsung Galaxy S, or any other device that is running on Android Gingerbread 2.3.7, WhatsApp will cease to support your phone from February 1st next year. While it isn’t exactly a sudden end to WhatsApp working on your phone, it does mean that “some” features might stop functioning as time goes on.
It isn’t just handsets running Gingerbread 2.3.7 that are affected, smartphones running Apple’s iOS 8 and below are also included in the advisory. Users with handsets running the older software will no longer be able to create new accounts or re-verify existing accounts on those devices, so be sure not to reset your phone to factory settings or accidentally uninstall WhatsApp on your device in the meantime.
While this may be disturbing news if it applies to your phone, pour one out for Windows Phone users because WhatsApp will no longer support that platform from December 31st, 2019, which is just a couple of weeks away.
WhatsApp says that while there’s no option to transfer your chat history between OS platforms, there is an option to export your chat history as an email attachment in the app’s settings. WhatsApp supports and recommends the following software versions:
- Android running OS 4.0.3+
- iPhone running iOS 9+
- Select phones running KaiOS 2.5.1+, including JioPhone and JioPhone 2
This news shouldn’t affect too many people considering that as of May, Gingerbread accounted for just 0.3% of Android users worldwide, but WhatsApp does have 1 billion users so there’s bound to be a few.