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WhatsApp block may stop app working on your iPhone or Android mobile in February

WhatsApp users be warned. Having already stopped supporting a range of Windows mobiles on December 31, 2019, the Facebook-owned app has another set of smartphones in it's sights.

From February 1st, several more devices will no longer be supported, leaving millions unable to send or receive messages.

Which given the popularity of the app for many friends, family and loved ones, can make for something of a problem.

In fact, latest stats from Statista show that WhatsApp is the world's most widely used messaging service with roughly 1.6billion users.

The time around it's not mobiles using the Windows Mobile operating system who will be impacted, but rather any iPhone running software older than iOS 7 and any Android device with version 2.3.7 installed.

Obviously, with Android the go to OS for most smartphones, this could mean it impacts a wide range of phones, including the likes of Samsung, LG, Sony, Huawei and more.

What smartphones won’t work from February 1st, 2020?

We'll do this in two parts to make it easy to understand. Let's start with iPhone users.

The last iPhones released running iOS 7 were the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, both released several years ago in 2013.

So, essentially, if you bought a iPhone in 2014, you should be fine for the time being.

Anyone using WhatsApp on an Apple device older than 2014, you'll have to either stop using WhatsApp or upgrade to a new phone to keep using the service.

Now, for Android users it becomes a bit more tricky. We know that WhatsApp will stop working on devices which are using version 2.3.7, which is commonly known as 'Gingerbread'.

This OS was replaced in February 2011 by the Honeycomb OS. So again, unless your using a phone well over 10 years old, you should be good to go.

It's worth noting though that if you're on the cusp of that threshold, we'd still recommend looking for an upgrade. WhatsApp won't support you're device for too much longer.

Those desperate to know why WhatsApp has felt the need to stop supporting the ageing OS and devices are in luck.

A statement on the developers blog explained the decision, telling users:

"As we look ahead to our next seven years, we want to focus our efforts on the mobile platforms the vast majority of people use. So, by the end of 2016, we will be ending support for WhatsApp Messenger on some mobile platforms

"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."

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