WhatsApp has reportedly dropped support for iPhones running iOS 9. According to a report by WABetaInfo citing a source states that iOS 9 devices that are on the 2.21.50 WhatsApp beta version, won’t be able to use the messaging app. The company is yet to update its FAQ page with the same. Also Read - iPhone 13 series pre-orders starting today: Check price, offers and more
According to the official FAQ page, the company states that its instant messaging platform currently supports all iPhones running iOS 9 or above. For Android, the page states that it supports all Android phones running Android 4.0.3 or above. KaiOS 2.5.1 or newer are also eligible. This means that the current stable version of the app supports iOS 9, but the next update will drop the support. Also Read - iPhone SE 256GB variant has been discontinued
According to the report, the company is soon expected to update its FAQ page with the latest supported operating versions, before it rolls out the next version update of the app that drops the support. The report does not state, which Android version will be dropped with the upcoming update. Also Read - Flipkart Big Billion Days Sale to begin soon: Up to 80 percent discount on electronics
What can you do?
If you are using an iPhone that runs the iOS 9 operating system, you can try and update it to a newer version, if eligible. However, if the device has been dropped from the iOS update cycle, then you can start backing up your chats and exporting all of the necessary media. All of which can be restored to a new iPhone if you decide to get it.
In other news, WhatsApp for some time has been reported on working on features like multi-device support, which will help users easily shift between devices and use multiple devices at once. These features will also allow users to easily shift between using iOS and Android devices seamlessly, without losing their data. However, there is no timeline on when this feature will arrive.