Unfortunately, some devices will soon lose the power to run the whatsapp. On Friday, January 1, 2021. WhatsApp will pack up on some smartphones – this event will affect both Android and iOS devices.
Whatsapp supported operating systems
Whatsapp provide support for and recommend using the following devices:
- Android running OS 4.0.3 and newer
- iPhone running iOS 9 and newer
- Select phones running KaiOS 2.5.1 newer, including JioPhone and JioPhone 2
Once you have one of these devices, install WhatsApp and register your phone number. WhatsApp can only be activated with one phone number on one device at a time.
Furthermore, there is no choice to transfer your chat history between platforms. However, whatsapp offer the choice to export your chat history as an email attachment.
Please note, export chat isn’t supported in Germany.
This limitation will affect older Android smartphones running Android versions below 4.0.3, as well as iPhones running iOS versions below 9.
Recall that the same thing happened last year when Facebook stopped supporting devices running iOS 8 and Android 2.3.7.
In order not to lose access to WhatsApp, you will have to either update your smartphone to a more current version of Android, or, more likely, just buy a more recent device. For iPhone owners, things is much simpler – everyone knows that even old Apple phones update much faster and lives longer than their Android competitors.
However, the iPhone 4 and older devices will no longer be able to update to a more recent iOS version.
So if you were planning on updating your device, now is the time.