Overview: WhatsApp has started to remove support for some old devices such as Android, iOS, and KaiOS that run on old versions of OS
WHATSAPP WILL NOT OPERATE ON THESE SYSTEMS:
APPLE IOS WITH 9 OR EARLIER VERSIONS
ANDROID SMARTPHONES 4.0.4 OR EARLIER VERSIONS
If you’re a WhatsApp user, you’ll find this important: WhatsApp will stop working on old phones in less than two months. What exactly does this mean? One of two things:
– People won’t be able to access their messages on the app
– Users will have no choice but to get a new device to continue using the app
WHY DID WHATSAPP TAKE THIS STEP?
It’s possible that your device is simply too old to update, but is eligible for an upgrade.”
In short: It’s a matter of well-being since providing strict security to the old phone users is exceptionally outrageous.
WhatsApp is popular among people who communicate with individuals across different devices or overseas. It also has upgrades and enhanced features for users, making it a super convenient form of communication.
However, it recently shocked users by no longer supporting Android, iOS, and KaiOS.
Old devices require enormous resources to keep them running properly. Furthermore, WhatsApp has undergone such incalculable changes that old phone users cannot catch up with the run of the tech world.
PROS, CONS, AND CHALLENGES:
Amidst the change, one good thing is that you can back up your chats before moving to a new device.
One article said that, the most important thing to focus on isn’t the removal of certain devices, but for users to ensure they can back up their chat history.
Keep in mind that some users might still have limited access to the app, but just won’t receive future updates. Needless to say, users should be aware that relying on this option might pose a security risk.
Also needless to say… WhatsApp has lost thousands of users over the past few months due to security concerns and, of course, its willful non-support.
In the past, Apple rolled out iOS 10 alongside the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The difference between Apple’s process and many of its rivals’ processes (such as WhatsApp) is that it has supported its devices for far longer.
PHONES THAT ARE INELIGIBLE FOR WHATSAPP/ELIGIBLE FOR UPGRADES:
WhatsApp highlighted that the decision to end support for old phones would not affect many users; however, the list of iPhones that would need to be upgraded to at least iOS 10 in order for the app to work says otherwise:
iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE (1st-gen), iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone SE (2nd-gen)
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The message application was traditionally known for its encrypted messaging service, but recent changes to the application’s security has inevitably created uproar.
The death of WhatsApp for many old phone users can naturally result in the rise of other messaging applications. Due to the security concerns and constant WhatsApp updates, people opt for other applications that don’t cost them while updating their versions.
However, Facebook/Meta CEO Mark Zuckerburg has himself declared the integration of Facebook, Messenger, and WhatsApp – with the latter providing users with “an extra layer of security to their message logs.”
What are your thoughts? Is it a good idea for WhatsApp to neglect old device users? Would you upgrade your device just to use WhatsApp?