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If you are using an older version of iPhones or android, you may just have to say goodbye to using Whatsapp.

Whatsapp, which is owned by  Facebook will be getting rid of support for handsets running older operating systems by 2020.

Effective from 1st February 2020

The instant messaging service provider says that from 1st February 2020, any Phone running iOS 8 or older will no longer be supported. The same applies to any Android device running version 2.3.7 or older.

WhatsApp will also be removing support for all Windows phones from 31st December  2019.

The company said in a blog post:

‘On iOS 8, you can no longer create new accounts or reverify existing accounts. If WhatsApp is currently active on your iOS 8 device, you’ll be able to use it until February 1, 2020.’

Phasing out

Over time, WhatsApp has gradually been phasing out support for a number of smartphone platforms which ‘don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future’.

WhatsApp explained: ‘This was a tough decision for us to make, but the right one in order to give people better ways to keep in touch with friends, family, and loved ones using WhatsApp.’

So if Whatsapp is your thing and your device is a bit “aged”, then it’s probably time to start looking for a new device!

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