As we begin the second digital age, many of those trustworthy apps are no longer supporting those old devices some may have clung to. Netflix did away with many of them before year’s end. We can expect more to come in the coming year. If you haven’t noticed, or heard, WhatsApp ended Windows Phone support on New Year’s Eve.
WhatsApp runs on a huge range of operating systems, but even the ubiquitous messaging app doesn’t think it’s worth supporting Windows Phone any more. To be honest, who can blame them? The company has announced it is ending support for older versions of Android and iOS as well as the rarely-used Windows Phone OS.
On its website, WhatsApp ended Windows Phone and support for 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
Some older operating systems which will continue to receive support for a limited time. The app will continue to work on devices running Android 2.3.7 and older or iOS 8 and older until February 1st, 2020. However, WhatsApp ended Windows Phone support from December 31st, 2019.
WhatsApp warns that features of the app may stop working at any time after this. The creation of new accounts and the re-verification of existing accounts has already been blocked on these older operating systems as well.
If you need to transfer your WhatsApp account to a new device, you can’t transfer your chat history between platforms. However, you can export your chat history as an email attachment, so do this soon if you want to back up your old chats before the deadline.
While some people will complain about this issue – it is vital. Many security issues occur when older operating systems cannot be secure. That is something we have seen with Microsoft and their effort to migrate everyone to Windows 10. Not to mention, if you’re holding on to that old of a device, you should just get a flip phone.