WhatsApp has become people’s go-to way to communicate with each other. In a recent development, WhatsApp has announced that it’ll pull the plug on phones running an older OS on February 1, 2020. This is applicable to both Android and iOS smartphones users. So, if you are one of those who are using an older smartphone or a smartphone running old software, it’s time for a change if you want to continue using WhatsApp.
'On iOS 8, you can no longer create new accounts or reverify existing accounts. So, iPhone users will need iOS 9 or later to run WhatsApp. For the best experience, we recommend you use the latest version of iOS available for your phone,’ WhatsApp said. Similarly, users with smartphones running Android versions 2.3.7 or older will no longer be able to create new accounts or re-verify the existing accounts.
Some users have their iOS devices jailbroken and Android devices unlocked to keep the app working. On this, the Facebook-owned company said, ‘We don't explicitly restrict the use of jailbroken or unlocked devices. However, because these modifications might affect the functionality of your device, we can't provide support for devices using modified versions of the iPhone's operating system.’
The news comes a week after the company rolled out an update that allows people to directly share their WhatsApp statuses on Facebook. There are two ways to share your WhatsApp status on Facebook: First is by tapping ‘Share to Facebook Story’ which appears below your status while you are posting it. The second way makes it convenient to share the status at a later stage. To do this, you can tap your status and then select ‘Share to Facebook’ from the vertical ellipsis or options menu to post the same content on Facebook Story.