WhatsApp celebrates 10 years in January 2019. Since its creation in 2009, numerous innovations have been introduced in the app: from the audio notes or the gifs to the stickers or the stories. Now their owners work to incorporate other functions such as the vacation mode or the dark mode. But not all mobile phones can support these new features. The pace of updates causes many terminals they become obsolete so that WhatsApp will not be compatible with some phones from 2019.
The app it will stop working on the Nokia S40 on December 31 of this year. Later, as of February 1, 2020, terminals with Android 2.3.7 or earlier operating systems and iPhones with iOS 7 will also be affected. However, the company explains that these smartphones they may stop working before the dates indicated. "Because we are no longer developing functions for these operating systems, some functions may stop working at any time," explains the company. on your frequent questions and answers page.
In the case that WhatsApp stops working in a terminal, one of the possible solutions is to try to update the operating system. But if it is impossible, the only alternatives are to use similar applications such as Telegram or Messenger or buy a new device.
The company in 2016 devised a route plan in which it reported that WhatsApp would no longer be compatible in the coming years with certain mobile devices that lacked the necessary capabilities to support some updates. "When we started WhatsApp in 2009, mobile phones were totally different from today," the company explained. in his official blog.
At that time, the company maintains, around 70% of smartphones for sale had operating systems offered by BlackBerry and Nokia. "The mobile operating systems offered by Google, Apple and Microsoft that now represent 99.5% in sales, represented less than 25% in sales," WhatsApp said in the same post.
The company recommended users of the affected mobile phones to acquire "a newer Android, iPhone or Windows phone model" before the end of 2016 to continue using WhatsApp. Some of the devices in which the application stopped working in 2017 are the Nokia Symbian S60, BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone 8.0. WhatsApp is currently compatible with Android devices with operating system 4.0 or later, with iPhones with iOS 8 or later, with Windows Phone with operating system 8.1 or later and with JioPhone and JioPhone 2.
To know what is the operating system of an Android device, you only have to access "settings" and click on the "about the phone" section. In this tab, in addition to the IMEI number, the phone model or the memory, you can check the Android version. In the case that it is an iPhone, you must also access "settings". Then you have to click on "general" and "select information". Once in that tab, you can already know which is the iOS version of the device.