The digital era has brought with it lots of goodies to be enjoyed by humanity. One of these advantages is the development of social media networks and instant messaging apps like WhatsApp.
Granted, WhatsApp has been one of the most popular apps, and a favorite to many.
Over the years since its launching, the app has had a few upgrades.However, what’s about to happen now will leave millions of people without a functional WhatsApp channel on their phones. What’s happening? It’s simple. WhatsApp is cutting off support for some old platforms.
Pulling The Plug
Recently, WhatsApp announced that it would be leaving older Smartphone versions out in the cold as it plans to upgrade its App. One of these upgrades is a Dark Mode feature. As such, some older version of Android and iPhone devices will soon find themselves unable to run WhatsApp. Users with these devices will not be able to create WhatsApp accounts on them.
On its part, WhatsApp has clarified that its move to withdraw support for these older versions is part of its drive to ensure optimal security for the App. The devices slated to get ditched by WhatsApp include those running older OS (Operating System) versions like iPhone iOS 8 or older as well as Android version 2.3.7 and older. These legacy OS versions will no longer be able to install or upgrade WhatsApp.
It’s A Tough Decision
However, to be fair, WhatsApp made sure to notify its users of the impending change way back in 2017, so users have had a cool 3 years to prepare. Granted, this wasn’t an easy decision for WhatsApp’s management to make. For one, a significant number of WhatsApp’s new market users are those using legacy systems.
Still, this move is necessary to improve the App’s security.This isn’t the first time WhatsApp has withdrawn support for specific OSs. In 2016, the company ceased all support for many other devices. In December 31 2019, it stopped supporting Windows phones. Next, it announced the current phase of support withdrawal for the above-mentioned OS version starting February 1st, 2020.