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WhatsApp to drop support for older Android, iOS versions next year

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sun, May 19, 2019  /  10:06 am
WhatsApp to drop support for older Android, iOS versions next year

Users may still continue using WhatsApp on the older versions of Android and iOS until Feb. 1, 2020.  (Reuters/Dado Ruvic)

Popular instant messaging service WhatsApp has announced that it will drop support for older versions of several mobile operating systems next year. 

The company announced on its official website’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page that users will no longer be able to create new accounts, nor reverify existing accounts on Android versions 2.3.7 and older, as well as iOS 7 and older. 

Users may still continue using WhatsApp on the older versions of Android and iOS until Feb. 1, 2020. 

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The company has also announced that it will soon drop support for all versions of the discontinued Windows Phone operating system, notifying users that they will not be able to use the app after Dec. 31 of this year. 

The company goes on to say that since it has stopped active development for the older mobile operating systems, some features might stop functioning at any time.

As of the latest FAQs update, WhatsApp currently provides support for Android 4.0.3 and later, iOS 8 and later, Windows Phone 8.1 and later, as well as select phones running KaiOS 2.5.1 and later. (rfa)