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WhatsApp will no longer work on iOS 8 from February 2020

Jan 14th 2020 at 3:07 AM

 

If you still have an old iPhone stuck in iOS 8, it's really time to retire it. In fact, starting next month, WhatsApp will no longer be compatible.

With an official press release, WhatsApp broke the bad news . Starting this year, with entry into force next month, the most used messaging app in the world will no longer be installable on iOS 8. In other words, you will have to update at least to iOS 9 , otherwise no access to the service.

In general, it shouldn't be a big deal because Apple users are very disciplined, and used to updating as soon as an update becomes available. According to the most recent estimates, in fact, it appears that 55% of the iPhone user has already switched to iOS 13 , and that only 7% is still stopped at iOS 11 or earlier versions. This is a magnificent news, especially when compared with the Android world, since each update brings greater stability to security (at the expense, however, of the performances that degrade from year to year).

So, given the scarce diffusion of iOS 8, it is by virtue of the level of security, from the point of view of Facebook it makes a lot of sense to abandon compatibility with this version . And if you are sorry, know that you are not alone.

WhatsApp: Incompatible OS

Starting from February 1, 2020, WhatsApp will eliminate support for Android 2.3.7 (the minimum version will be Android with OS 4.0.3); for all versions of Windows Phone, however, the ax fell on December 31, 2019. On the iPhone, however, the minimum version is iOS 9 .

On older platforms, the statement reads, "it will no longer be possible to create a new account, nor to re-check an existing account." Furthermore, it will not be possible to transfer the chat history between different platforms (not with native functions, but we Let me do that too! Contact us to find out more ). The only possibility is to send the chat history attached to an email.

iOS 9 can be installed on the following smartphones :

·     iPhone 4s

·     iPhone 5

·     iPhone 5c

·     iPhone 5s

·     iPhone 6

·     iPhone 6 Plus

What happens after February 2020?

The good news is that, for some time, things may continue to operate more or less as usual; but some features may "stop working at any time" without any guarantee on the timing. In short, if you can not or do not want to update to iOS 9, the time has come to switch phones .

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