What you need to know
- WhatsApp will soon cease to work on iOS 8.
- The change will take effect on February 1, 2020.
- You won't be able to use the app on iOS 8 or older.
WhatsApp has updated its operating system support page, confirming that users of iOS 8 or older will no longer be able to use WhatsApp as of February 1, 2020.
The move will also affect older versions of Android (2.3.7) from the same date, and for anyone using Windows Phone operating system (you never know), WhatsApp will no longer be usable as of today, December 31.
According to the support page, on all the versions and operating systems mentioned, users are already no longer able to create new accounts, nor re-verify their existing ones. On iOS and Android you'll be able to continue using the app until February 1, 2020.
WhatsApp in a disclaimer does however note:
Moving forward, WhatsApp will continue support for iOS 9 onwards.
Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
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The people who are still on iOS 8 or on a Windows Phone probably aren't the ones that use WhatsApp, and if they are, they can continue to message through SMS.
You made me have to research this.. (thanks, Wikipedia.) Any device supporting iOS 8 could be updated to iOS 9, so there's little reason why people should be on 8 anymore. Maybe there's still reasons why people would be on the six year old OS, but I can't see it.
I don't remember anything being wrong with iOS 9. iOS 7 was horrible, but after that I don't remember too many horror stories of the later iOSes
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