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Don’t panic: WhatsApp isn’t dropping support for these iPhone models


#In the past few months, there have been reports from a wide range of publications claiming that #WhatsApp – the most popular chat app on the planet, with more than two billion users – will drop support for millions of devices from the beginning of 2021. #This is something that has happened before, as #WhatsApp has tried to balance bringing exciting new features to the vast majority of its users with supporting older platforms, like #BlackBerry, to help a minority continue to use the service to keep in touch with friends and family.

#According to these troubling new reports, when #January 1, 2021 arrives #WhatsApp will only support smartphones running – at the very least – iOS 9 on iPhone and #Android 4.0.3 or newer for #Android devices, like the #Google #Pixel, #OnePlus, #Samsung #Galaxy series, and more.

#Devices set to be impacted by such a change to the list of supported devices include the #Apple iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, which are too old to be upgraded to iOS 9 or later.

#However, there is one important thing that #WhatsApp fans on iOS and #Android need to know about this recently circulated warning.

#It’s not true.

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#Or rather, it is true – but the change that people are so concerned about has already happened.

#As the BBC, The #Independent and #Android #Police (to name a few) have already reported, #WhatsApp dropped support for iOS 8 and #Android 2.3.7 towards the start of 2020.

#As such, users have been living with this change for months.

#From #February 1, 2020, #WhatsApp announced that it would only run on smartphones powered by iOS 9 and #Android 4.0.3 or newer.

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#Express.co.uk previously reported back in #October 2019 that #WhatsApp’s support page had been updated to warn users of these forthcoming changes.

The #WhatsApp support page for iOS had previously stated: “#WhatsApp for iPhone requires iOS 9 or later. #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.

“#For the best experience, we recommend you use the latest version of iOS available for your phone.”

#So, while #WhatsApp does require iOS 9 or #Android 4.0.3 – this change isn’t on the horizon, it has already happened.

#Speaking about these changes before they were rolled out to billions of users worldwide, #WhatsApp said support was being dropped for a number of devices to help expand the app’s feature set in the future.

#In a previous statement, #WhatsApp said: “#While these mobile devices have been an important part of our story, they don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future. #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 you’ve seen an article claiming that your smartphone will lose #WhatsApp, please don’t panic.

#If you can open #WhatsApp on your iPhone or #Android phone today, then you’re guaranteed to still be able to open it when the fireworks start on #January 1, 2021.

#That’s because of the change you’re being warned about happened months ago.

#In other #WhatsApp news, #Express.co.uk recently reported that #WhatsApp users will need to agree to new terms and conditions which kick into effect next #February.

#If #WhatsApp users don’t agree to these new terms and conditions, they will no longer be able to use the market-leading chat app.

The notification from #WhatsApp read: “#By tapping #Agree, you accept the new terms, which take effect on #February 8, 2021.

#After this date, you’ll need to accept the new terms to continue using #WhatsApp or you can always delete your account.”

#It’s unclear what exactly the changes mean for users with #WhatsApp previously telling #Express.co.uk that they don’t currently have a statement to offer.

#However, #WhatsApp did confirm that all users must agree to the new terms by #February 8 2021 if they want to continue using the chat app. A spokesman also told #Express.co.uk: “#We’ll be updating our terms of service and privacy policy as we work to make #WhatsApp a great way to get answers or help from a business.”





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https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/science-technology/1377340/WhatsApp-Is-Not-Dropping-Support-Android-iOS-iPhone-Not-Working-January-2021-Deadline

##Dont #panic ##WhatsApp #isnt #dropping #support #iPhone #models

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