WhatsApp will stop working on millions of smartphones from New Year’s Eve as the messaging app phases out older devices.
Users of iPhones running software older than iOS 9 and Android devices running Android 4.0.3, although the phones can be updated with more recent software to keep WhatsApp running in some cases.
The move effectively means that the iPhone 4 and older iPhones will no longer be able to run WhatsApp, but devices such as the iPhone 4S, 5, 5S, 5C, 6 and 6S can all be updated with iOS 9.
On the Android side, devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S2, released in 2011, will no longer be compatible with WhatsApp.
If you’re unable to update your phone and don’t want to lose your chat history, you can back it up before December 31 by opening the chat you want to save, tapping ‘Group Info’ and then ‘Export Chat’ before downloading it.
Otherwise, if you have an affected device and still want to use WhatsApp, you’ll have to upgrade your phone.
WhatsApp withdrew support for devices with iOS 7 and Android 2.3.7 in February.
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