WhatsApp to Quit working To Thousands of devices in February
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WhatsApp's messaging service will stop working on millions of phones in the coming months, as the company is withdrawing support from older devices.
Any iPhone running iOS 8 will no longer be supported from 1 February (and users on those devices are already unable to build or validate their accounts).
On the same date the support will be withdrawn for Android devices running version 2.3.7 or older.
From 31 December 31, all Windows phone users will be unable to use Whatsapp.
Facebook, owner of WhatsApp, said in a blog post: “WhatsApp will stop working on millions of phones in the next couple of months as the company withdraws support for some older mobile platforms.
“From February 1, 2020, any iPhone running iOS 8 or older will no longer be supported, along with any Android device running At or older version 2.3.7.
"Users of these operating systems can no longer create new WhatsApp accounts or re-check existing accounts.
"In fact, as of 31 December 2019, WhatsApp withdraws support for all Windows phones— the same month that Microsoft ceases support for its Windows 10 Mobile OS."
In 2012, Facebook acquired Instagram for $1 billion and WhatsApp for $19 billion in 2014, both of which are part of the "Facebook App Family" alongside the main Facebook App and Messenger.
Facebook announced earlier this year plans to bring its messaging apps closer together with a push towards end-to-end encryption across its services.
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the plans were part of an effort "to make it easier to connect friends and family through networks."