Many of us rely on WhatsApp for free chats and sending photos when we’re on holiday, but the much-loved app will stop working on a raft of Android and iPhone mobiles before too long.
The messaging service is owned by Facebook and boasts more than 1.5billion users around the world, but millions of these will lose connection over the coming two years, reports the Sun.
News of the ‘disconnections’ were quietly revealed in an update to an old blog post from WhatsApp.
The post – entitled ‘support for older operating systems’ – says it will end support for the following systems on February 1, 2020.
- iOS 7 and older
- Android Gingerbread versions 2.3.7 and older
Anyone running phones on these systems can no longer create new accounts, but will be able to use existing ones right up until the deadline.
Ending support for Android Gingerbread users could leave up to six million users with no access to the app.
WhatsApp is recommending users of older operating systems should update to one of the following:
- Android running OS 4.0+
- iPhone running iOS 8+
- Windows Phone 8.1+
WhatsApp says the axe is falling on the older systems because they don’t have the capability to accept new function that will be added in the coming months and years.
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