Numerous users using older versions of Android and iOS were unable to use WhatsApp from February 1 as the devices using the older versions of the operating systems became outdated.
According to WhatsApp, a messaging platform owned by Facebook, the move was made to protect the security of millions of users over the world.
An update sent by Whatapp said, “If WhatsApp is currently active on your iOS 8 device, you were only able to use it until February 1, 2020. On iOS 8, you can no longer create new accounts or re-verify existing accounts. For the best experience, we recommend you use the latest version of iOS available for your phone “
iPhone users will need iOS 9 or later to run WhatsApp.
Smartphones using Android 2.3.7 and older, and iPhone iOS 8 or older, are affected by the WhatsApp update.
“We don’t explicitly restrict the use of jail-broken or unlocked devices. However, because these modifications might affect the functionality of your device, we can’t provide support for devices using modified versions of the iPhone’s operating system,” it added.
WhatsApp said that users of Android versions 2.3.7 and older will also no longer be able to create new accounts, nor re-verify existing accounts. The instant messaging app, which was one of the most-downloaded apps of the decade, first warned users in 2017 about the changes.