WhatsApp removal support for older iOS versis in February

WhatsApp, owned by Facebook, has announced that it will remove support for older versis of iOS in the coming mths. According to a new support document, WhatsApp will remove support for iOS 8 and up February 1, 2020.

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So far, users running WhatsApp a device with iOS 8 or earlier have been able to ctinue using the app, but have been unable to create new accounts or recheck existing accounts. February 1, 2020, however, that will change, WhatsApp indicating that support for iOS 8 will be completely disctinued.

WhatsApp explains (via CNET):

For the following operating systems, you can no lger create new accounts or recheck existing accounts. However, you can ctinue to use WhatsApp :

  • Android versis 2.3.7 and earlier until February 1, 2020
  • iOS 8 and earlier versis until February 1, 2020

The company also notes that there is no opti to transfer hi chat between platforms, but you can export your hi chat as an email attachment.

Meanwhile, Facebook has also recently implemented a change that prevents users from signing up for Facebook Messenger without a Facebook account. This change is likely to be the preparati for the early integrati of messaging into Facebook apps, Facebook working to link WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Removing WhatsApp support for older versis of iOS is unlikely to affect many users, but if you have a lg message message an unsupported device, you should plan to export your chat so to make sure you can still access it.

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