WhatsApp to Drop Old Android Devices By February 1, 2020
If you’re still with the smartphone you have loved and bought in some 2012, WhatsApp brings bad news for you. Your Android phone that until recently remained “old but not obsolete” now may go walking dead. The reason is the lack of WhatsApp that will gradually go off on these phones. The support will be dropped for devices running Android 2.3.7 (Gingerbread) or older versions.
It won’t happen immediately, they assure. There is just one feature that will die on these devices: you won’t be able to verify existing accounts or create new ones. Your old account will keep working… until the next update on servers refuses to connect you.
It’s not only Gingerbread that gets stale with this. WhatsApp also drops support for all devices powered by Windows Phone; December 31, 2019 will be the last day. Along with old Android versions, it will drop iOS 8 and earlier versions.
Chances are, though, that you will not be affected by this. Most smartphones that hit the market in 2013 support Android ICS or later versions. Though all the Android versions before KitKat (4.4) are not supported by Google anymore, they’ll still be capable of running WhatsApp… for some time. If you have an iPhone 4S (released in 2011), it will also work well so far.
Keeping Your WhatsApp Is Out of The Question
There aren’t any alternative options to keep using WhatsApp on these devices. Probably you may run into some modified versions said to be functional on old platforms. But probably they will be nothing but malware.