In some bad news for those who are still using Apple’s old iPhones, Facebook-owned instant messaging platform has published a new support document that shares details on ending support for devices running iOS 9 and earlier versions of the operating system (OS). So, if your smartphone is on the list, then know that WhatsApp will stop working on it.
Those who are still on iOS 9, won’t be able to use the popular messaging platform. Users of Apple’s iPhone 4 and 4s will now effectively be unable to update their WhatsApp app. However, other iPhone users must do the needful too. Users of iPhone 5 series need to update their devices to at least iOS 10 in order to be able to continue using this messaging app.
To date, iOS 9 users were able to use the encrypted chat service. However, now iOS 10 is required which means users will need an iPhone 5 or later model to use WhatsApp. The change will affect users of the iPhone 4S for the most part, but this is still only a tiny percentage of iPhone users, the news agency IANS reported. In December. Apple confirmed that 81 per cent of iPhone users are running iOS 14, with a further 17 per cent on iOS 13 or earlier, which means that only 2 per cent of iPhone users are running a version of iOS 12 or earlier,” reports iMore.
Who can use WhatsApp on their phone?
-Android phones running on OS 4.0.3 and newer version.
-iPhones running on iOS 10 and newer version.
-Phones running on KaiOS 2.5.1 and newer versions including the JioPhone and the JioPhone 2.
To recall, the last time WhatsApp was updated to remove support for older phones was back in February 2020 with a version that dropped support for iOS 8. However, while the iPhone 4 was discontinued with iOS 7, the iPhone 4s users were still able to update to iOS 9, which allowed them to continue using WhatsApp. The service has now been stopped as reported.
So, if you are still using WhatsApp on an unsupported device, we recommend you to export all your chat history before the service stops for you permanently.
Last year, WhatsApp dropped support for iOS 8 and older versions of the operating system. WhatsApp is working on a new password protection feature that will encrypt chat backups in Cloud, making them accessible only to the users. WhatsApp chats are end-to-end encrypted, but this protection currently doesn’t apply to online backups stored on Google Drive and Apple iCloud.