More Features Coming But Terrible News for Millions of WhatsApp Users

The Facebook-owned messaging service is looking set to release a swathe of new features in the coming months including a new Dark Mode and Swipe to Reply as discussed earlier.

However, whilst some users will get access to an even better WhatsApp experience, it seems millions will now struggle to access their accounts, most especially those who are still running older operating system.

WhatsApp revealed recently that it was stopping support for many older devices, stating: “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.

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“If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone.”

The initial 2016 block was extended to 2020 but now it seems some iPhone owners are being hit by the support issues now.

In an update to their support page, WhatsApp says:

“WhatsApp for iPhone requires iOS 8 or later. On iOS 7.1.2, you can no longer create new accounts or reverify existing accounts.

“If WhatsApp is currently active on your iOS 7.1.2 device, you will be able to use it until February 1, 2020. iOS 6 and older are no longer supported.

“For the best experience, we recommend you use the latest version of iOS available for your phone. Please visit the Apple Support website to learn how to update your iPhone’s software.’

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23 thoughts on “More Features Coming But Terrible News for Millions of WhatsApp Users”

  1. Iphone 5s is upgradeable to IOS 12.. Normal Iphone should be upgradeable to IOS 10 or 8 sef.. So iphone 4 users down might be the ones to be hit by the decision, that’s if its last IOS is not upto IOS 8 sef.. One of many reasons i love apple phones

  2. how can someone use a WhatsApp from 2018 to 2020 without reverifing it. this people should just say “upgrade your phone or don’t use WhatsApp” It should have been better than long speech.

    • Hello bro, You can simply create a Whatsapp group by simply doing the below;

      1. Open your Whatsapp and click on the 3 dotted line by the right hand corner
      2. click on ‘new group’
      3. Name your group and create.

      Once you are done, as an admin, you can do all you’ll asked above.

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