The Facebook-owned world’s most used messaging app WhatsApp which has two billion users worldwide, will not work from Jan 1st, 2021 for certain users. Every year-end, WhatsApp ends support for older iOS and Android smartphones. So that 2020 beginning, WhatsApp stopped working on Android 2.3.7 operating system and lower version devices as well as iPhones running on iOS 8 and lower.
This year WhatsApp messenger got many anticipated features such as the Dark Mode feature, Payments, Disappearing Messages option, WhatsApp Business app enhancements, and more.
WhatsApp Not Working
Recently WhatsApp has announced that they are stopping support for certain older devices that are currently compatible with the messaging app. Users of some iPhone and Android models will need to upgrade to send ‘Happy New Year’ messages after midnight.
The WhatsApp messenger app will no longer be supported by certain mobile models that are not running Android 4.0.3 or older version operating systems and iOS 9 from January 2021. Not a lot of phones and tabs currently run on an Android version earlier than 4.0.3. However, some of the models are the Samsung Galaxy S2, HTC Desire, LG Optimus Black, Motorola Droid Razr, and few other mobiles.
If you have iPhone models such as iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6S, all you have to do is update your software to iOS 9 to get an uninterrupted WhatsApp service.
How to check your mobile OS version
iPhone – Go to Settings > General > Information
Android – Go to Settings > About Phone
Backup the WhatsApp Chat
If you are one of the users who have such phones that are no longer compatible with WhatsApp then they should back up their chats before January 1, 2021, if they want to again use WhatsApp. To backup WhatsApp chat history follow the below steps
- Go to Settings in WhatsApp
- Click Chats and Select Chat Backup option
- It will show the last backup date and File size
- Select backup and it automatically saves on your Google Drive with associated email.