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WhatsApp Will Stop Working On These iPhones from 1 Feb 2020

WhatsApp is the world’s largest messaging platform which has more than 1 billion users. 

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WhatsApp is the most extensively used messaging application in the world with a user base of more than 1 billion in the world. However, some of the iPhone users will not be able to use WhatsApp from February 1, 2020.

iPhone users who have not upgraded to a new version of the operating system for long will not be able to use WhatsApp, the company has said.

If WhatsApp is currently active on your iOS 8 device, you will be able to use it only until February 1, 2020, according to an update from the instant messaging platform.

Considering that iOS 8 is almost ancient now it’s unlikely that there would be any users running this operating system.

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Apple has been very consistent with its software updates and it stopped providing security updates for iOS 8 long time ago.

"On iOS 8, you can no longer create new accounts or reverify existing accounts," said the update.

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.

“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,” it added.

WhatsApp said that users of Android versions 2.3.7 (Gingerbread) and older will no longer be able to create new accounts, nor reverify existing accounts.

However, they will be able to continue using WhatsApp until February 1, 2020.

So, if you haven’t updated your operating system it’s high time you did if you want to continue using WhatsApp post-February 2020. You can find the option to update your device’ software in the Settings option of the same device.

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