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 version 2.3.7 or older.
Users of these operating systems are already unable to create new WhatsApp accounts or re-verify existing accounts.
“For Android versions 2.3.7 and older, you can no longer create new accounts, nor reverify existing accounts. However, you’ll be able to continue using WhatsApp until February 1, 2020,” the messaging firm said. The blog also mentions that WhatsApp will no longer work on Android phones running on 2.3.7 and older versions.
Furthermore, WhatsApp is withdrawing support for all Windows phones from December 31, 2019 — the same month that Microsoft ends support of its Windows 10 Mobile OS.
If you have a Windows phone and want to save your chat history before it’s gone forever then there is luckily a fairly simple way to do this. You just need to open the chat you wish to export. Then click on ‘Group Info’.
Next, you’ll need to scroll down and click ‘Export Chat’. This will give you the option to download the chat with or without media.
Microsoft has decided to end support for Windows phone software due to a lack of market penetration and disinterest from app developers. The company advised people to invest in iOS and Android devices.
Separately, WhatsApp recently started rolling out a stable update for Android users on Google Play with the useful ‘call waiting’ feature. Earlier, there was no way to process two calls at the same time on WhatsApp’s Android app. The second call used to get disconnected automatically. The company rolled out the same feature to iOS users last month, but the Android app didn’t get it back then.
As you already know, the call waiting feature lets users know for an intermittent call. What this means for the app’s Android users is, that they will know if any other person calls them in between an ongoing call. Rather than automatically disconnecting, now the app will show an alert and to the second call with an option to ‘End & Accept’ or ‘Decline’.