WhatsApp ends support for Android 2.3.7 and iOS 7 OS in 2020. WhatsApp would no longer support phones using the Android 2.3.7 operating system and iPhones using iOS 7 after 1 February 2020.
WhatsApp’s updated FAQs said on Tuesday that after that date, customers whose phones have those operating systems “can no longer generate fresh accounts or re-evaluate current accounts.”
The firm said it expected the change to have a restricted effect as it would only affect customers who have not bought a fresh phone or updated their operating system in more than six years.
Users whose devices have older operating systems are already unable to produce fresh WhatsApp accounts or re-evaluate current accounts, but the firm allows those who already have the app on their phones to continue to use it.
Menlo Park, California-based WhatsApp said that after December 31, 2019, “you may no longer be able to use all Windows Phone operating systems and after July 1, 2019, WhatsApp may not be available in the Microsoft Store.”
This shift is expected to affect consumers even less as only about 0.24 percent of mobile phones around the globe use a Windows operating system, according to Statcounter.
The figure of 0.24 percent involves all versions of the Windows operating system, including the latest version of Windows 10 Mobile, making the number of present customers of Windows Phone insignificant.
WhatsApp suggested to use Android 4.0.3 or later; iOS 8 or later; and some KaiOS 2.5.1 or later phone models, including JioPhone and JioPhone 2, reported by Efe news.