WhatsApp developers made an ambiguous decision, due to which millions of users will soon lose access to the messenger. This was reported on the support site.
It is noted that, starting from February 1, 2020, owners of devices running iOS 8 and earlier will no longer be able to use the service for communication. Users will not be able to log into their account or create a new one. The support page says: “For the best experience, we recommend using the latest version of iOS that is available for your device. Visit the Apple Support site to find out how to update your iPhone software.”
Owners of devices running Android 2.3.7 (Gingerbread) or earlier can also not create new WhatsApp accounts and go into old ones. Starting February 1, 2020, users will need to use devices with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on board or a newer version in order to use the messenger. As for Windows Phone, the owners of smartphones with this OS will lose access to WhatsApp after December 31, 2019.
Earlier this year, it was reported that the messenger has a monthly audience of 1.5 billion active users. Therefore, the loss of several million owners of devices with outdated operating systems does not greatly concern Facebook, which owns WhatsApp. Mark Zuckerberg’s company acquired the messenger in 2014 for $ 21 billion. The amount increased by the time the transaction was closed in October of that year.
Those who have remained “overboard” as a result of an updated policy have the opportunity to rectify the situation by updating the OS on their smartphone. As for Windows Phone, the train of this OS has long gone into oblivion. Otherwise, it’s never too late to switch to another messenger.